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This meatballs soup recipe is a nice, comforting soup that has been soured with a generous shot of fresh lemon juice or homemade borsch. Pork and rice meatballs bring so much savory flavor and substance to the simple base of vegetable broth.
Meatballs broth

Meatballs soup recipe

Is there anything better for a hungry, cold and tired person than a hot, tasty, comforting soup? This meatballs soup recipe is one of our most favorites! We are sour soups people, we simply must have a bowl of sour soup almost every day, the sourer the better! No matter how hot is outside, we still have to have a bowl of tasty soup. It helps us feel full quicker while providing nutritious ingredients to our diet, like meat and vegetables.
Soups in general but sour soups in particular help with digestion, and let’s be honest, nothing make one’s day better than a happy tummy, right?
This simple but delicious meatball soup is basically a vegetable and meat soup that has been soured with a generous shot of fresh lemon juice or a homemade borsch (which is how we love to cook it! nothing beats that incredible taste homemade borsch gives to any soup!) Pork and rice meatballs bring savory flavor and substance to the vegetable broth that is used as a base for this recipe.
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Meatballs soup recipe is so incredibly popular all around the world, almost every nation has it’s own version! From the Italian wedding soup, to asian meatball soup, Swedish meatballs soup or even Dutch meatball soup, you’ll find a little twist of the main meatball soup everywhere in the world!
And for all the good reasons! This is a super easy recipe and although the boiling process takes a while, until the meatballs get soft and fluffy enough to eat, it’s totally worth the waiting! So flavorful, satisfying, filling and sooo versatile! You could add basically any kind of vegetable but the ones listed here are my favorites and I think they make a great pair. If I were to add some more veggies, that would be zucchini.
You could also serve this meatballs soup recipe with sour cream, yogurt or even heavy cream, for a heavier taste, or add a pinch of hot paprika powder, or serve with hot chili peppers if you love spicy food.
As I’m a big fan of spicy food I almost always eat my soup with pickled chili peppers; I sometimes add some dried chili too. And if I feel adventurous, I add a bit of lemon juice (since we’re making this soup with the borsch recipe linked above) so my soup is really, really sour! A true delight to my taste buds.

Meatball Soup

Meatballs sour soup


  • meat – For the meatballs I like to use lean pork meat, grounded but fat will add more flavor so if you’re not making this soup on a regular basis, I’d totally go for the fatter option.
  • rice – it helps to keep the rice soaked in water over night. This process helps the meatballs cook faster the next day.
  • eggs – fresh, range free eggs are always my option, they taste so much better than regular eggs and add more flavor to this soup too.
  • salt and pepper – to taste

For the broth:

  • I like to use carrots, potatoes, celery root, onion, fresh tomatoes, green (or red) bell pepper.
  • to season I use a handful of chopped lovage or parsley but my husband loves adding chopped dill too.
  • salt to taste
  • eggs
  • a little bit of oil

How to make meatball soup recipe?

  1. Chop onions and carrots and cook in a little oil until onions get a glassy, transparent texture
  2. In a large soup pot, add water and all veggies then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking.
  3. Meanwhile mix meat with egg and rice, salt and pepper.
  4. Form balls the size of medium to large walnuts and carefully place them in the soup pot.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and allow the meatballs to cook until soft and fluffy. After 1 hour test the meat balls to check if they are cooked
  6. Add borsch and continue cooking for about 3 minutes on high.
  7. Whisk the yolks and add to the pot after reducing the heat to low. Pour into the soup while stirring.

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Meatballs soup recipe

This meatballs soup recipe is a nice, comforting soup that has been soured with a generous shot of fresh lemon juice or homemade borsch. Pork and rice meatballs bring so much savory flavor and substance to the simple base of vegetable broth.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: International
Keyword: meatball soup, meatballs soup recipe
Servings: 8 people
Author: Petro Neagu


For the meatballs:

  • 1 lbs ground pork meat
  • 2 tbsp rice
  • 1 egg large
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the broth:

  • 12 cups water
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 celery root medium
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 handful lovage or parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs beaten



  • Chop onions and carrots and cook in a little oil until onions get a glassy texture
  • In a large pot, add water and veggies and bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium
  • Mix meat with egg and rice, salt and pepper.
  • Bring the heat to low then form balls the size of large to medium walnuts and carefully place them in the hot broth
  • Allow the meatballs to boil until soft and fluffy for an hour.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Bring the heat to high, add borsch and cook for 3 minutes minutes and then turn the heat to low.
  • Whisk the eggs and pour into the soup while stirring
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  1. this sounds so yummy and especially delicious in the cold winter months,

  2. Petro,
    This recipe looks delicious, and a good use for the freezer full of minced meat from a local beef.
    I’m glad to follow you on Tasty Tuesdays!

  3. Katherines Corner says:

    My hubby will love this. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. See you on Wednesday ( early hop this week because of the holiday and a big surprise) ♥

  4. Katherine Bartlett says:

    This is such a great idea! I’m totally loving it!

  5. Melissa Carlisle says:

    I’m not a big meat fan, but if I let the boys in my house see this recipe it will definitely be on the menu for next week!

  6. Janeane Davis says:

    This sounds so delicious. It feels good on a cold day to have a hot meal to make your belly warm.

  7. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    This sounds delicious. I bet it is perfect on a cold day.

  8. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    I think I’ll make this for my boyfriend. Those meatballs would be a WIN!

  9. petronela says:

    I am sooooo happy you’re home…I can smell this amazing broth from here :).