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Albondigas soup made with beef meatballs, vegetables and potatoes.
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Albondigas Soup

This albondigas soup is made with beef and rice meatballs which are simmered in a seasoned tomato broth along with potatoes, carrots and zucchini. A hearty soup that both kids and adults will enjoy!
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 269kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the soup

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large zucchini quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • For the meatballs. Place the beef, rice, garlic, egg, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll the meat mixture into 3/4 inch sized meatballs. Place the meatballs on a tray.
  • For the soup. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin and oregano to the pot. Bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes. Drop the meatballs into the soup and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes more. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 1060mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5580IU | Vitamin C: 24.2mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4.2mg