Meatball Stew Recipe
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Meatball Stew Recipe

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Many years ago, the Farm Journal published a recipe that became the "jumping-off point" for my version. It's as colorful as it is delicious. I often serve it over wide egg noodles or atop steamed rice—but it's also good just as it is.—Savilla Zook, Seabrook, Maryland.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) whole onions, drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 895mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, chopped onion, salt, marjoram and thyme. Crumble beef over the top and mix well. Shape into 24 meatballs. Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Brown meatballs in batches; drain.
  2. Add the soup, broth, potatoes, carrots and whole onions. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Stew in Country Ground Beef 1993, p77

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pleeb User ID: 2020679 41780
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Wonderful! easy! Good!"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 40721
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"So good even my daughter who dislikes beef tried and loved it she requested it when she came home from college."

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 15008
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Made this stew this week. We enjoyed it very much and leftovers also. I used my own recipe for the meatballs. Added about 1 T. tomato paste in the stew and used an onion chopped for the jar of onions as that is what I had.Had some leftover peas so dumped those in also.... It is a keeper... Can't go wrong with meatballs...."

cctp1016 User ID: 1672997 18538
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I used mini shell pasta instead of the potatoes and it was great! Very comforting soup!"

loch User ID: 6496097 20391
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I simmer my meatballs in a bouillon broth (3 cups water; 2 chipotle bouillon cubes; 1 beef bouillon cube) and add them and the broth to the slow cooker with the veggies and a large jar of garlic-lime salsa (Great Value brand from Wal-Mart), which takes the place of the canned broth and soup. We sometimes add cilantro instead of parsley.

Same basic recipe, just changed a bit to suit our tastes.
Good stuff!"

graciemom User ID: 3313495 44828
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"A do-over at our house. I used about 1/2 pkg of frozen meatballs instead of preparing them. Based upon other reviews, I used 2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce and only 1 can of beef broth and added chopped onions to the veggies (no jarred on hand). The next time we make it, we are going to add frozen peas -- for color -- and Cajun spice for more seasoning. On a cold rainy, California night, it certainly hit the spot!"

SAshcroft0711 User ID: 2212814 40716
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Made this tonight for dinner to take away the winter chills. Everyone loved it - a keeper. Couldn't find a jar of onions or frozen pearl onions at the store, so I just used some small onions from the garden cut into quarters. Everyone added salt & pepper to taste and loved it."

Patrick75 User ID: 7418850 20385
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"A jar of whole onions???

What aisle in the grocery store would you find that."

lesliedd User ID: 4670962 18535
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"I was in a rush so I used frozen meatballs . I also added a can of fire roasted tomatoes and some fresh spinach and garlic."

1camsgram User ID: 6963090 20455
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Made this yesterday..was just okay, kinda bland. Probably won't make again. Meatballs were the best part."

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