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Bavarian Meatball Stew Recipe
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Bavarian Meatball Stew Recipe

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"This thick, tangy soup has been one of our favorites ever since my daughter gave me the recipe years ago," says Janice Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado. "It's satisfying any time, but especially wonderful on a chilly evening."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Bavarian sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 279 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 931 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Add meatballs. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Bavarian Meatball Stew in Taste of Home April/May 2007, p18

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 279 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 931 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"There was not as much flavor in this as I was hoping. Overall, it wasn't bad, but not really worth making again, and I am a huge sauerkraut fan."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"I cut the all-spice and nutmeg to 1/8 tea and used sauerkraut once and cabbage once. We liked the cabbage a little better but both were good. It was really a toss up!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"Very good! My husband & I thought it was perfect for a chilly Fall evening!"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This is simple and very good! One of my husbands favorites."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"My husband and I did not like the meatball recipe. I calls for 3 TBS of parsley?! I only used 1 which was plenty. The all-spice and nutmeg give it an overwhelming flavor that is not good with the rest of the stew. However, the actual stew was very good. I liked the addition of sauerkraut and if we do make this again, we will use the soup base and our own meatballs! Maybe even some pieces of steak would be better!"

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