Meatball and Rice Soup

Soup is a pretty simple thing to throw together on any day. This meatball and rice soup is good soup to add to the list of soups. It is a combination of meatballs, vegetables, potatoes, rice  and spices that mix together into a perfect bowl soup that you will love!

We love soups. They are probably one of the most affordable meals to prepare. A few weeks ago the area we live in was hit with a tornado. Streets were closed, power was out and many homes were damaged. We were one of the homes that lost our electricity and had light damage outside. I, however, am so grateful that we were all inside and none of the children got hurt. It came so quickly and only God knows what could have happened would we have been outside playing as we usually are during the summer. It’s in times like these we become thankful for simple things as clean water and electricity, the things we kind of take for granted. I couldn’t cook, had no lights or water for two days. Those two days felt like two months. I can’t help but think of all those women that live in small villages in poor countries where they live like that all the time. Lord, I am so thankful I live in the United States and forgive me Lord if I ever take things for granted!

Anyhow, back to this soup. While we were trying to clean and work on the basement, soups were what we had pretty often. They are so simple to throw together, filling and healthy. This happens to be a favorite of my husbands and I just love preparing it because I know he will be satisfied and happy when he enjoys it. Ladies, do you ever cook food and get excited to see the smile on your hubby’s face because it’s a favorite meal of his, I sure do. You can use any meat for this soup and don’t have to make meatballs out of it. However, I love the flavors of the meatballs, rice, potatoes, veggies and herbs in this soup. Everything balances each other and it’s rather yummy, feels light yet very filling.

how to make meatball rice soup-

  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Cube potatoes. Rinse potatoes and rice.
  • Once the water boils, add potatoes and rice cook for 15 minutes.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs. Shape the meatballs and add to pot.
  • Cook soup for an additional 10-12 minutes.
  • Shred the tomatoes, chop the onions and shred carrots.
  • In a skillet, saute onion and carrots with oil.
  • Add the tomatoes, ketchup and sour cream to the skillet. Add the vegetable mixture to the pot.
  • Season the soup to taste and top with chopped herbs.
  • Enjoy.

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Meatball and Rice Soup

The simple soup with meatballs, rice, vegetables, potatoes, and seasoning. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatball rice soup
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 642kcal


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, ⅓ tsp pepper, ⅓ tsp Vegeta*
  • Soup:
  • 14 cups water
  • 6-8 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup long grain rice (I use Uncle Ben's)
  • 1 large cooking onion, chopped fine
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp oil ( I use Canola)
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 ½ Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Vegeta*
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Fresh herbs


  • Add 14 cups water to a large pot on high heat.
  • Cube potatoes. Rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  • When water comes to a boil; add the potatoes and rice. Cook 15 minutes over high heat. Remove anything that floats to the top (white starch from potatoes).
  • Mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs; shape into about 24-28 meatballs. Add to pot. Cook about 10-12 minutes. (Until rice and potatoes are be just about ready).
  • Remove skin from tomato. I just make two slashes on top, put the tomato in a cup and pour hot water over it. Give it about a minute and the skin will peel off. Shred tomato, set aside.
  • Chop onion and shred carrots; add to a large skillet with 3 Tbsp oil. Sauté on med/high heat until soft (about 8 minutes).
  • Add tomato, ketchup and sour cream to skillet. Let it cook on med heat for another minute. Add to pot.
  • Add the rest of the seasoning (add additional seasoning to taste if necessary). Add your favorite chopped herbs (fresh or frozen). Cook another few minutes (just until potatoes and rice and completely cooked.)
Nutrition Facts
Meatball and Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 642 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 1611mg70%
Potassium 1577mg45%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 4380IU88%
Vitamin C 36.6mg44%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 10.2mg57%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Lyuda 04/13/2018, 6:50 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina,
    I love visiting your blog! Thanks for all the yummy recipes that you have for us! I just enjoyed a bowl of this delicious warm soup 🙂 it was SOOO GOOD!!! I made it with chicken meatballs because that’s what i had on hand and it was super easy to make and delicious! It definitely goes on our favorites list :)Thanks again and be Blessed 🙂

    • admin 04/14/2018, 10:22 pm Link Reply

      Thank you for the sweet comment, Lyudochka! Chicken meatballs sound wonderful. Thanks for visiting our online home, blessings to you and your family as well <3.

  • Yana S 01/07/2017, 11:03 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for a yummy recipe! Made it today on this blizzardy day and it was just what we needed. Also, thank you for including exactly how much salt/seasoning you use (not “to taste”, as most do). I can never guess the correct amount and soups I’ve made in the past just didn’t turn out right. This one did! ❤️!

    • admin 01/09/2017, 5:41 pm Link Reply

      Yana, that’s awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. I love hearing that. Soup is so wonderful on a cold day☺. Stay warm and stop back for a visit.?

  • Maria 01/23/2016, 7:16 pm Link Reply

    I made it today with Mrs Dash, since I dint hace vegeta….DELICIOUS and perfect for the blizzard here!Thank you 🙂

    • admin 01/24/2016, 1:06 am Link Reply

      Awesome Maria. So glad you enjoyed it. Any favorite seasoning will work. Hoping you are enjoying some family time while it’s nasty out. May the Lord keep you safe..

  • Maria 01/22/2016, 8:37 am Link Reply

    Hi Valentina, I want to make this soup, but what is vegeta? Thanks!!

    • admin 01/22/2016, 3:17 pm Link Reply

      Vegeta is the most popular seasoning among Slavic people. If you click on Vegeta, I added a link for it. You can also just substitute it for any other seasoning you like. If you have never tried it though, it’s very yummy and great to have (can be used on anything). 🙂

  • Tanya 12/17/2015, 10:00 pm Link Reply

    Just finish eating this soup using your recepie! Kids really enjoyed it and helf of the pot is gone! The only thing I change was that I used costco meatballs instead of making! Thank you so very much, will be coming to your website more often for great recepies! P.S could you please post crockpot recepies? I have one crockpot but no use to it…God bless!

    • admin 12/18/2015, 1:23 am Link Reply

      That’s great Tanya!!:) Great idea for the crock pot recipes, will definitely add that to my list:)

  • Olga 07/08/2015, 6:40 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for reminding me about this soup! I make mine exactly like you but i don’t add tomato. I’m definitely going to try it your way! Your pictures are making me want to go and cook it right now! 🙂

    • admin 07/09/2015, 4:44 pm Link Reply

      Olechka, I think you might like the addition of the tomato, it kind of gives it a nice taste. 🙂 We are twinning with out way of making this soup, hehe. Glad these photos I always second guess myself on were able to tempt you, wink, wink.

  • Tanya 07/06/2015, 4:10 pm Link Reply

    I am so sorry to hear that you’re family home has suffered damage. That is a lot of work, and I wished that I lived closer to where you live so that I can help.

    I wanted to say thank you for reminding me of this soup. I make a similar soup, but added rice into the meatballs. I think, I like it you’re way. Thank you for the reminder and the recipe!

    • admin 07/07/2015, 1:28 pm Link Reply

      Tanya, THANK YOU.. You’re so sweet, slowly but surely, it will get done. I would so take you up on an offer to come over but for a cup of hot tea and cake if you lived closer :).. :)….
      You know, I used to always add the meatballs first too but noticed they became to blah and flavorless. Like this way better!:).

  • Nadia 07/02/2015, 8:57 pm Link Reply

    This looks soooooo good, I can’t wait to try this goodness Valya 🙂 I am new to your blog, and I love it!!!

    • admin 07/03/2015, 12:26 am Link Reply

      Nadyush, WELCOME to our family’s simple Blog. Here is a rose for the welcoming ~~~~`~~~>@ Haha, something like that.. =).. We.Are.So.Happy.You. Like.Our.Blog ;).. Enjoy the soupchik..

  • Anetta 07/02/2015, 10:14 am Link Reply

    Valentina, So sorry to hear about ur basement. That must be lots of work and so hard with 5 kids. I have a question. The soup looks amazing but what kind of bread is this? Is it from you’re blog, it looks so awesome? Thank you.

    • admin 07/03/2015, 12:22 am Link Reply

      Love your name Anetta. Thank you for caring!!. The bread is something I’ve been playing around with. It’s a bread braid topped with Rosemary and seasoning. I haven’t perfected it yet, but as soon as I do I will share it, very very yummy..:):)..<3

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