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Slow-Cooked Meatball Stew Recipe

Slow-Cooked Meatball Stew Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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mother of 3
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2018

"Turned it into stove-top soup. Made homemade beef gravy and skipping the onion soup mix, added onion powder to taste. Used 2 cups Trader Joe's Creamy Tomato soup, 1 1/2 teaspoons basil, 2 Tablespoons dried parsley and quartered the Wellesley Farms beef meatballs. Sprinkled with Parmesan. Very Good!"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2017

"Sorry, I have not-yet found (other than home made) a frozen meatball that did not make me retch. What brand to you use?"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2017

"We really enjoyed this recipe more than I thought we would. The flavors were really nice. It was nice and thick like a good stew should be. The meatballs I used left a thin layer of grease that scooped off easily."

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."

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."

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"

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