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Meatball Stew Recipe

Meatball Stew Recipe

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. YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Meatball Stew

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Wonderful! Easy! Good!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"A jar of whole onions???

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"hey, why do you even care, lboone48?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"my mom made this for our family when I was young. I still make this till today, as do my 3 daughters for their families. A warm loaf of Italian bread makes it a very filling meal."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"How can you say that a recipe is "yummy" and give it a 5 star rating when there is very little in your changes that resemble the original recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"Great simple recipe - I even make it on trips in our motor home. I've also changed it up a bit...substituting sweet potatoes for the whites and adding some form of summer squash. I've even changed up the meat used...substituting ground lamb or venison!!! YUM..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"I made this for dinner tonight. I had a package of frozen turkley meatballs and added fresh potatoes, celery, onion and I added a can of mixed vegetables. It turned out very good. The whole pot was gone in one night and my family doesnt like traditional beef stew. Will add this to my recipe box."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"Makes a very yummy stew on cold winter days. I made a few changes however. I halved the recipe for my family and used only 1/2 pound of ground beef. I also did not cook them in oil beforehand. I changed the tomato soup to a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce and the beef broth to 2 cups. I also added some water to balance things as well as 1/2 cup uncooked medium shell pasta. I eliminated the carrots and used dried parsley, and used about 6 medium onions cut into chunks. Although I did change it a lot, it was a very good recipe and the soup pot was thoroughly cleaned out by the end of the meal!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This was a very good stew. I did not use anything from a can and it was very good. I put it over brown rice and that made an amazing evening meal."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"Forgot to mention this in previous comment. Rather than cooking meatballs on stovetop, bake them in an 11x7" dish at 350 degree for +/- 15 minutes. They'll turn out great, without your having to stand over stove."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"I've made this delicious stew for a few years now. Originally found recipe in TOH's softcover Best Ground Beef Recipes at grocery check-out. Recipe looked so appealing, just knew I had to have it. I add 2 jars whole onions, extra carrots/potatoes so it's chunkier. Serve with fresh homemade rolls for a hearty meal."

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