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!

meatball and rice soup recipe

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.

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*If you do not have or like Vegeta, you can use any salt seasoning such as Mr Dash, Lawry’s seasoning or whatever your favorite is.

{If you like this soup,  you might also enjoy the Russian Simple Soup or Hearty Soup.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

Add 14 cups water to a large pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

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).

cut potatoes and put into pot, clear excess waste

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).

roll up meatballs

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.

shred tomato,, chop vegetables, saute

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.)

meatball and rice soup

meatball and rice soup recipe

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meatball and rice soup recipe
Meatball and Rice Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

The simple soup with meatballs, rice, vegetables, potatoes, and seasoning. 

Course: Soup
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Add 14 cups water to a large pot on high heat.
  2. Cube potatoes. Rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Chop onion and shred carrots; add to a large skillet with 3 Tbsp oil. Sauté on med/high heat until soft (about 8 minutes).
  7. Add tomato, ketchup and sour cream to skillet. Let it cook on med heat for another minute. Add to pot.
  8. 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.)

 

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  • Lyuda 04/13/2018, 6:50 pm

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

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

    • admin 01/22/2016, 3:17 pm

      Maria,
      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

    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

      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

    Valentina,
    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

      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

    Valechka,
    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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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