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Simple Meatball Stew Recipe

Simple Meatball Stew Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 374 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 858mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 257282
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"A nice way to use ground beef that's different from the usual meatloaf or pasta dish. We substituted different "cream of" soups for the condensed mushroom, and there was no problem. We also omitted the pearl onions (personal choice.) Makes a good stew."

robertahammond User ID: 972233 24936
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!"

rhonda1 User ID: 1537009 70827
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."

puddingpan1 User ID: 1536806 32071
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!"

taraearly User ID: 4619662 28221
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!"

kightlis User ID: 4315427 49141
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!"

ALWAYSLEARNING User ID: 14859 50945
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"I love this and it gets so much better the day after! We use Costco's Italian Style meatballs. I'm giving this recipe to my dad who has macular degeneration. It will help him make more satisfying meals with little expertise!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 32070
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008

"I am going against the flow, but I would not make this again."

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