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. It's quick to put together in the morning and ready when my husband gets home in the evening. —Iris Schultz, Miamisburg, Ohio
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 home-style 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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Christopher51 User ID: 7192136 260444
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"This is a good recipe, but unless you’re close to an Italian specialty food store, it’s best to make you own meatballs and freeze them; as I do. I’ve also exchanged the potatoes for rutabagas. Forty years ago, it was a textural issue. After 10-12 hours in a slo-cooker, potatoes were soft and mushy, whereas rutabagas were tender crisp; with almost no difference in taste. Now a days it’s a dietary issue. Bothe my wife and I are on a low carb diet. Rutabagas have over 70 percent less carbs and calories than the same size serving of potatoes."

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 246878
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."

mbcdownes User ID: 8535393 233998
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

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

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 230874
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

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

- Theresa"

Remenec User ID: 6059530 225901
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!"

ozarkfun01 User ID: 5913069 217546
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."

vonoepen User ID: 4967300 53655
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"have not made yet, but would like to ask tagy66, when you used 2 env of onion soup (in place of beef boullion) did you have enough liquid. Thanks, Sukie"

sunnygirl18 User ID: 4692440 43528
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Great recipe. For a change, I cut up a cooked beef roast (as a substitute for meatballs) and added a can of flavored petite tomatoes. In the last half hour I turned the crock pot on high and added a little thickening. Yumm!"

mrsvette User ID: 834250 85929
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Excellent recipe! Hubby isn't one for stew but this one he asked for seconds and also said to definitely make it again. It's also easy on the wallet which is a big help these days. Thank you for such a terrific recipe!"

FHEILMAN User ID: 3629005 85927
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"Did not like the taste. wouldn't make it again."

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