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albondigas soup (meatball soup)

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Terry Lowenstein
Laguna, CA

Albondigas soup is the first thing I want at a Mexican Restaurant. I've had several friends try and tell me how to make it but there's always something left out. They say, "A little of this, a little of that...", but, no joy....something is MISSING! Finally I found the secret and it's as delicious as it is surprising. Although the total time is 2 hours, I love to start it in the late afternoon and let it simmer for hours before adding the celery and carrots for the last 30 minutes. There's just something about a pot of soup on the stove that makes a house a home.

(1 rating)
yield 4 good eaters, or 2 with leftovers for lunch
prep time 20 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For albondigas soup (meatball soup)

  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/4 c
    uncooked rice
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried mint
  • salt and cracked pepper to taste
  • 1
    egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 qt
    low sodium beef broth
  • 2 qt
    low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1/2
    onion, grated
  • 3
    carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalk
    celery, chopped with center leaves also chopped

How To Make albondigas soup (meatball soup)

  • 1
    Mix ground beef with rice, mint, salt, pepper, and egg. Do NOT add oregano at this point. Mix it all together and form into walnut-sized balls.
  • 2
    Add beef and chicken broth to dutch oven or large soup pot. Bring it to a simmer and add meatballs one at a time, skim foam after 10 minutes if necessary. Add oregano and grated onion with several drops of hot sauce. I use Cholula but Tabasco works well, too. You may find that you want more hot sauce as the soup simmers along. Simmer for an hour and a half. Add finely chopped celery and carrots. Cook 30 minutes. Add oregano.
  • 3
    At the table I have bowls of broken tortilla chips, cilantro and grated pepper jack cheese, to add as desired. It's a great soup. The mystery ingredient, mint, keeps everyone guessing. My husband had no idea what that terrific taste was until last night. It makes the dish.

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