Slow-Cooked Meatball Stew Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Meatball Stew Recipe

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"I came up with this hearty meal-in-one as another way to use frozen meatballs," reports Iris Schultz of Miamisburg, Ohio. "It's quick to put together in the morning and ready when my husband gets home in the evening."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots, quartered
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef gravy
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 291 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1400mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein


  1. Place the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and meatballs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over meatball mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Stew in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p49

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"My husband and I liked this. It reminded us of Campbell's Chunky soup, but better. I served this over egg noodles w/ some rolls. I made my own meatballs that day, so they weren't frozen. Since they were fresh I added in about 1/2 C of water to the mix. Next time I might make it more like 1/4C. The meatballs were just ok (taken from TOH "Garlic Lover's Meatballs & Sauce"). I will try my go-to meatball recipe next time instead, and make them smaller. I may also add in some different veggies next time. Overall, a nice hearty meal for a cold windy day. I'd make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"Good stew. The only thing I will change is substituting another can of beef gravy instead of onion soup mix."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"A keeper indeed! Saved time by putting in the baby carrots whole & not peeling potatoes. Delicious!

- Theresa"

Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"This is a keeper! I was looking to spicy up my stew recipe, and this helped! The meatballs were a nice addition that the kids loved. I did substitute the beef gravy for beef broth, so it was a bit more of a soup than a stew. But the flavors were delicious and it was a hit in our family!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Made this for dinner yesterday. I love slow cooking and I'll be making this one again. I loved the stew taste but with meatballs. Really liked the sauce. Family member wants it over rice next time."

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