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January 8, 2014

Albondigas Soup

What is better than a bowl of steaming hot soup on a cold winter's day? Soup is my favorite lunch during winter, usually accompanied by warm homemade bread. True comfort food!

Albondigas soup is basically a Mexican meatball soup. I've sometimes heard these meatballs referred to as "porcupine meatballs" because they include rice. There is a bit of prep work involved in making this soup, but it is so worth it. The meatballs are simmered in the broth, so it's a one-pot meal.

To begin, make the meatballs by combining one pound of ground beef, 1/3 cup of uncooked rice, one teaspoon of salt and one raw egg.

I use my hands to squish it together, then form the meatballs.

Bring three quarts of chicken broth to a simmer and gently add the meatballs. Simmer for about 20 minutes. About halfway through, the meatballs will rise to the top of the broth.

While the meatballs are simmering, chop the celery, garlic, onions and carrots.

Add the chopped vegetables to the broth. Add the can of diced tomatoes and the spices - everything except the spinach - and continue simmering for another hour and 15 minutes.

Add the spinach and simmer for additional 15 minutes. Provide sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, and/or cilantro as toppings. Serve with warm flour tortillas or homemade bread. Warm, homemade bread goes with anything!


1 lb ground beef
1/3 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp salt
1 raw egg
3 qts chicken stock, or part stock/part water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
3 onions, cut into quarters
4 lg carrots, peeled and sliced
1 can of diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp cumin
A dash of cayenne (optional)
1 tsp dried oregano
Fresh spinach or other greens
Cilantro for garnish if desired

Mix ground beef with rice, salt and the raw egg. Form into meatballs.
Bring broth to a boil in a large pot. Turn down to a slow simmer and gently add meatballs. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients except spinach. Simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until rice in meatballs is cooked through (or cook all day in the crockpot). Add in the greens and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve hot with fresh flour tortillas, and with sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, cilantro, etc to put on top.

The Month of Soups collection:
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Spilt Pea Soup
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Ham and Bean Soup
White Bean Tortellini Soup
Roasted Tomato Soup
Chicken and Mushroom Soup
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
French Onion Soup
Albondigas Soup

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  1. I know what I'm having tonight. Thanks for the idea.

  2. You're very welcome. I hope you enjoy your dinner!

  3. I had never heard of Albondigas Soup before so I had to come check it out! This looks and sounds divine, Kathi. I'm visiting from Home and Garden Thursday. So glad to have found your blog!

  4. Thank you so much for visiting, Robyn. It is a delicious soup, and I hope you'll give it a try sometime.

  5. Robyn, had to come back and let you know, That soup is a winner! We just finished a bowl of leftovers for lunch and yep, it's even better the next day. Hubby saz it's 'Gor Met'. Can't wait to see what you post next week.

    Thanks again, Herdog

  6. Opps, forgot where I was. I meant Kathi. Sorry about that.

  7. I'm so glad you both liked it! I agree, it's wonderful the next day, even better I think.

  8. This soup looks delicious! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. You're welcome, Cris. I hope you enjoy it!

  10. This sounds and looks delicious. I have made porcupine meatballs before but never in a soup recipe. I am pinning this to make this month! :)

  11. Thank you for the pin, Debra. January is just the perfect month for soups, isn't it? I hope you like it.

  12. I bet this is good! I'll have to share this with my daughter! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Wow, your Albondigas Soup Tutorial is great. That is one soup I am going to have to try. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  14. I love soup, even when it's not winter. This looks so good, pinned to my everything yummy board. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, featuring your post tomorrow.

  15. Thank you for the feature and for the pin, Joyce! I hope you try this and love it.


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