Simple Meatball Stew Recipe
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Simple Meatball Stew Recipe

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The combination of tender meatballs plus potatoes, carrots and pearl onions in a golden gravy really hit the spot on chilly days after we'd worked up an appetite doing our morning chores. Mom served it with pride for Saturday dinners when I was growing up on the farm.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed golden mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) whole pearl onions, drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 374 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 858 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, chopped onion, salt, marjoram and thyme. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 48 meatballs.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Add broth, soup, potatoes, carrots and pearl onions; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Stew in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p35

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"I've turned to this recipe time and time again, and we always can't stop eating it. It's delicious. I make it and throw it in the crock pot on low when I'm going to be out for the day!"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I have been making this for years and it is a favorite among family and friends. I have tweaked it over the years but it is great as is too. I do not use the pearl onions, I also bake my meatballs in the oven until brown. Everyone ask for this dish. I can't make it enough."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"My family loves this meatball stew! I have made it for family and friends, and they say I'm a chef! But I know better, it's my taste of home recipes that make my meals a hit! In the winter I serve it with homemade buttermilk cornbread, and in the spring with the garlic toast. Yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I baked the meatballs in the oven instead of browning them in the oil and then served this with store bought garlic was wonderful!"

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"I needed a new recipe for a soup using ground beef, and this one was quite good. I didn't have the pearl onions (just chopped a bit of yellow onion and threw it in) or the majoram, which didn't was yummy. Some folks might find this too salty (hubby and I have terrific blood pressure and put salt on our salt) so consider the low sodium versions of soup and broth if that's of concern to you!"

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