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Thyme for Meatball Soup

"Thyme is one of my favorite herbs to grow," reports field editor Jennie Freeman of Long Creek, Oregon. "Thyme adds a fresh spark to this hearty soup."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes


  • In a large bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, half of the thyme and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, brown meatballs; drain and set aside.
  • In the same pan, saute onion, carrots and mushrooms in oil until onion is tender. Stir in the potatoes, broth, tomatoes, meatballs and remaining thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 190 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 775mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • lmmanda
    Aug 22, 2014

    Very tasty. I did add some garlic salt and pepper to give it a little more flavor. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, cleaned out my fridge and added leftover corn and French style green beans, and a quart of beef stock in place of the broth.

  • FayeSusie
    Jul 18, 2012

    I haven't made this soup in several years, but I have fond memories of it. Then, when I wanted to make it today I couldn't find my recipe. Thank goodness I thought to look it up on the computer. It is just as good as I remembered it to be.

  • katlaydee3
    Sep 29, 2010

    I thought this was just OK. Kind of bland but edible.

  • parboiled
    Nov 1, 2009

    This soup is really surprisingly good. The broth is very tasty and carries the whole soup well.