Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meme's Meatball Stew

Sorry it took me a few days to post this, but I had a sick baby Thursday night and then 2 BUSY days after that.  I was too exhausted to type!  LOL

Now, let's get to the main attraction here!  This stew was as good, if not better than I remember it to be when my Meme (grandma) made it for me!!  There was something so comforting and wholesome about this stew.  The ingredients and spices are so simple, but it is PACKED with flavor!  You're really going to love this soup!

So, let's get right to the good stuff today!

Meme's Meatball Soup

Ingredients: (You will need a 6 quart or larger slow cooker for this)

2 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 cup Italian Bread crumbs
2 eggs
Olive oil to brown them in

Browned meatballs
10 cups water
1 can Tomato Soup
4 carrots, chopped
3 potatoes, chopped
2-3 big handfulls of fresh green beans, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 tsp. pepper
1-2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder


To make the meatballs:
In a bowl, mix all meatball ingredients.  Roll into "golf ball" size meatballs (or smaller or larger if you'd like!)  Heat the oil in your pan(s)....I used two so it would go faster!  Brown all sides of your meatballs.

To make the stew:
Mix together the can of Tomato Soup and water in the slow cooker insert.  

Add all other ingredients, including the meatballs.  It will look so pretty!

Cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.


TIPS:  If you're in a REAL pinch, use frozen meatballs.  Or, better time you have some extra time, make meatballs and freeze them.  Then, you have meatballs ready whenever you need them for soups, stews or spaghetti sauce!  BRILLIANT!

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  1. Hi Hope,

    This recipe is on my meal plan this week. Would Jerry remember this?

    I know he loves Meme's cabbage rolls, I might try to tackle those this week too.

  2. Jerry would definitely remember this! We ate it all the time!

    Just give yourself the time with the Cabbage rolls. They take a lot of effort, but they are SO delicious! While you're at it, make a double batch while your kitchen is a mess and your fingers are a little numb from the steam! ;)

  3. Hi Hope,

    Was curious if the can of tomato soup was just a regular 15oz can or if it was a larger one. Thanks:)

  4. Why water? Wouldn't it taste better with beef stock or beef broth?

    1. My family uses water because we enjoy the glaciers that come from the veggies and meat its cooked with. You can add it if you feel you need it. Using water also cuts down calories and salt.

  5. 10 cups of water? After all those green beans, three potatoes, and four carrots, there was room for all that liquid. I got four cups, total.

    I'm using a regular 4 qt crock pot. Is this recipe for a 6?

    1. 4 quart would not be big enough. I used either a 6 or 7 quart.

    2. That's no where in the recipe description...

    3. My apologies. I published this recipe 6 years ago. I will be sure to edit it ;)