Mom’s Meatball Soup Recipe

I kept meaning to get Mom’s recipe for this wonderful and easy meatball soup. She’s been making it for years. Because I love the meatballs so much, we put lots of them in this soup (2 lbs!!). You could use 1 lb and adjust the seasoning accordingly, but why? WHY?!!

My Mama and I made this together in her kitchen. I love cooking with Mom. I always learn so much. Everyone loved this soup and there was less than half left after a few hours. I downed two bowls myself and my son loved it too. It’s a winner for sure!

Ingredients for Mom’s  Meatball Soup:

15 cups water
1 Tbsp salt
6-8 medium potatoes, cubed
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pasta (optional)
1/2 onion, finely diced
2 large sticks of celery, finely diced
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten (optional)
2 Tbsp Dill, fresh or frozen
Mrs. Dash
Freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for the Meat Mix:

2 lbs ground pork
1 tsp Mrs. Dash original or Mrs. Dash garlic seasoning
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 onion, finely diced

How to Make the Best Meatball Soup:

1. Add 15 cups water to a large soup pot over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp salt and all of your chopped potatoes to the soup pot.

2. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes. In the mean time, slice your carrots and toss them into the soup pot.

3. Add 1/2 cup of 1/2″ pieces of thin spaghetti to the soup pot or whatever pasta you wish. Pasta is optional, but I’ve always liked it when Mom added it to soups.

4. Chop your onion (1/2 goes into the meat mix and 1/2 goes into the soup in step 7).

5. Place ground pork into a large bowl (Store-bought ground pork works. I ground my own pork on the large grinder holes). Add 1/2 chopped onion, 1 tsp Mrs. Dash, 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper, 2 tsp salt, and 1 egg. Mix well.

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6. Make meatballs by rolling them in your hands. They don’t have to be perfect, just round-ish. Toss them in your pot as you make them. Recruit a helper for meatballs to liven (and speed) things up. Cook for at least 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and floating at the top.

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7. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet over medium/high heat. Add 3 Tbsp canola oil, finely diced celery and onion. I normally don’t like celery in soups, but sautéing enhances the soup’s flavor without being over-the-top celery flavored. Saute until soft and golden. Add it to the pot.

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8. Add 1 beaten egg to the soup pot while stirring constantly so you don’t get clumps of egg. If you don’t like egg, you can omit it (the soup won’t miss it).

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9. Add 2  Tbsp dill. Then add more Mrs. Dash and Pepper to taste (Mom added about 1/2 tsp dash and 1/4 tsp pepper at the end).

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Mom's Meatball Soup Recipe

4.93 from 26 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $7-$10
Servings: 12 -16

Ingredients

Soup Ingredients:

  • 15 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 6-8 medium potatoes cubed
  • 3 medium carrots thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pasta optional
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 2 large sticks of celery finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Dill fresh or frozen
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Ground black pepper

Meat Mix Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 onion finely diced

Instructions

  1. Add 15 cups water to a large soup pot over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp salt and all of your chopped potatoes to the soup pot. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.
  2. In the mean time, slice your carrots and toss them into the soup pot.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of 1/2" pieces of thin spaghetti to the soup pot or whatever pasta you wish.
  4. Place ground pork into a large bowl. Add 1/2 chopped onion, 1 tsp Mrs. Dash, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tsp salt, and 1 egg. Mix well.
  5. Make meatballs by rolling them in your hands. Toss them in your pot as you make them. Cook for at least 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and floating at the top.
  6. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet over medium/high heat. Add 3 Tbsp canola oil, finely diced celery and 1/2 onion. Saute until soft and golden. Add it to the pot.
  7. Add 1 beaten egg to the soup pot while stirring constantly so you don't get clumps of egg. (Optional).
  8. Add 2 Tbsp dill. Then add more Mrs. Dash and Pepper to taste. We added about 1/2 tsp dash and 1/4 tsp pepper at the end).

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  • Mirella
    December 3, 2018

    Hi,
    Im from Australia, what can i use instead of Mr Dash as we don’t sell here?
    Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 3, 2018

      Hi Mirella, you can just use your favorite salt-free seasoning. The ingredients: onion, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice powder, citric acid, oil of lemon, spices (black pepper, parsley, celery seed, basil, bay, marjoram, oregano, savory, thyme, cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin, mustard, rosemary. Reply

  • Madina Sabri
    November 8, 2018

    This was super delicious ! Thank you for sharing the recipe. However I was only able to make half because I didn’t have a big enough pot for 15 cups of water .

    I used ground turkey since I don’t eat pork. Also I added fresh squeezed garlic to the soup at the End. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! Reply

  • Mary
    October 25, 2018

    Or another meat that may work well instead of pork? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 25, 2018

      Chicken breast will work well also! Reply

  • Mary
    October 25, 2018

    Would ground chicken work fine for this? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 25, 2018

      I think it would work well with either. Ground chicken thighs would probably be the best (it’s the juiciest). Reply

      • Mary
        October 25, 2018

        I made this recipe using 1 lb chicken thighs and 1 lb breast- turned out delicious!! My biggest food critic husband absolutely loved it!! And so did our 1 year old baby:) Will be a dinner staple. Thank you!! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 26, 2018

          Hi Mary! That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new family favorite! Reply

  • Kate
    October 15, 2018

    Which Mrs. Dash did you use? I looked it up on Google and I found different kinds.. I didn’t see a photo of it in your post Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 15, 2018

      We used the original version. Usually has a yellow label. Reply

  • Debbie
    September 1, 2018

    I dont usually leave comments but this soup is superb!!! Thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 1, 2018

      Hi Debbie! That’s so great! Thank you for this amazing review! Reply

  • Steph
    July 23, 2018

    Thank you for the recipe. I made this yesterday for my 9 month old daughter (she refuses to eat baby food now), and she loved it!

    I used nutritional yeast instead of salt and used soft silken tofu instead of onion. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2018

      That’s so great Steph! Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Zhanna Bystrika
    June 2, 2018

    Yum, thank you for the recipe… I only had ground turkey and dry Dill… but It was delicious 😋. Reply

    • Zhanna Bystrika
      June 2, 2018

      Dill Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2018

      Thats great Zhanna! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Julie K
    April 19, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Since I’m only cooking for two, I will be cutting this recipe in half. I still ended up buying 2 lbs of ground pork. Can I make these meatballs and freeze half? How much longer would I need to cook frozen meatballs, or would I thaw them first ? Thanks in advance!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2018

      Hi Julie, I have frozen meatballs for soup in the past but I do prefer to thaw before adding them to the soup otherwise adding frozen meat tends to make the broth murky. Reply

  • Heather
    September 17, 2017

    Did I miss where it said how long to let the soup simmer/cook after everything is added? I definitely want my pork meatballs cooked through. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 17, 2017

      Hi Heather, sorry I didn’t specify – it should be about 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. They will be cooked through by the time you are done prepping the vegetables and adding the remaining ingredients. I updated the recipe to specify. Reply

  • Elena
    August 29, 2017

    Thank you for a great recipe! My family loved it! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2017

      My pleasure Elena! I’m happy to hear your family enjoys the recipes as much as mine does! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • July 26, 2017

    Absolutely wonderful soup! I made this on 26 July 2017. Easy, straight forward recipe, enjoyed not only by me, but the entire Thai family loved it, and they will be heating it up this morning as well! I did not make the Mrs. Dash Seasoning yet so I just seasoned with salt, pepper, spring onion, and the tops from the celery. This is will be a regular here at the house now. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2017

      You’re welcome Lee! I’m happy to hear that everyone loves the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Yelena G.
    June 9, 2017

    I made this soup yesterday, and it was delicious. The only difference I put way more Mrs. Dash into meat mixture. We had it with sour cream, and everyone was in love with it! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 9, 2017

      That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review 😀 Reply

  • Anna
    April 26, 2017

    Is there anything I can do to make the liquid more flavorful? I omitted the celery because I really don’t like celery but I feel like the liquid is just salted oily water. Like it’s missing flavor. Any suggestions what I can add? Maybe chicken stock?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 26, 2017

      Hi Anna, did you use the amount and type of meat (pork) called for in the recipe? It should provide ample flavor to the soup without needing broth unless you substitute with a less flavorful meat. You can definitely replace some of the water with chicken broth, especially if you subbed for another kind of meat. I hope that helps! 🙂 Reply

  • Esther
    December 17, 2016

    This soup is delicious! Do you ever eat it with sour cream? Thanks so much for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2016

      Hi Ester, I like the light broths like this without sour cream, but to be honest I’ve never tried it in this soup. Have you?  Reply

      • Esther
        December 23, 2016

        We did try it with sour cream and we loved it! My daughter ate hers without and also loved it. 🙂 Reply

  • Thanks for the reminder!
    December 1, 2016

    My mom made a soup with rice instead of pasta, and gently sauteed the balls before adding them to soup. It prevents the meat scum from forming. Easy to do by slicking the pan with oil and gently shaking it as the balls get golden. I will try to use the 2 tsp springloaded ice cream scoop to form the balls(I think it’s #70). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2016

      Thanks for sharing your tip! 🙂 Yes, the ice scream scoop makes it so easy to form the meatballs! 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    April 28, 2016

    Enjoying a bowl as I type this 😉

    Mmmm!!!! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2016

      You’re very welcome :). We make this in our house all the time. It’s an adult and kid favorite around here 🙂 Reply

  • Erina
    April 4, 2016

    My husband hates soups. When I made this recipe, he absolutely loved it!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2016

      Reading your comment is like music to my ears, except it’s my eyeballs – you know what I mean!! 🙂 Thank you for that awesome review! We just finished a pot of this same soup tonight 🙂 Reply

  • Stella
    April 1, 2016

    How long should the meatballs boil in the soup until fully cooked? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2016

      We usually give it a good 5 minutes. They will float to the top. You can test one to be sure 🙂 Reply

  • Roxana
    March 4, 2016

    Thank you for all of your recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2016

      You’re so welcome 🙂 Reply

  • Vicky
    January 28, 2016

    This soup is yummy!! I always make it! Exactly how my mom use to make it! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      Vicky, thank you for the great review and the compliment 😀. Reply

  • Julia
    December 10, 2015

    Hello, my husband can’t eat red meat. Do you think this recipe would work with ground turkey or chicken?!

    Thank You 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 10, 2015

      I think it would work well with either. Ground chicken thighs would probably be the best (it’s the juiciest). Reply

  • Tania
    November 25, 2015

    Hi Natasha
    This soup is very yummy! My husband loved the meat balls :). I love all your recepies I have tried most of them :). And they all delicious!!!
    Thank you. Hope there be more new ones soon 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 25, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoy it :). This one is our family’s favorite and most frequently made soup :). Reply

  • iry
    October 4, 2015

    Hi, Natasha. What I can use to substitute mrs. dash? I live in Asia country Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 4, 2015

      Any all-purpose salt-free seasoning would work. Without knowing what you have available in your grocery stores, it’s difficult to recommend a specific product. Reply

      • Iry
        October 4, 2015

        Hi Natasha, thanks for your reply!
        So far I only found
        MasterFoods All Purpose Seasoning in Tesco eshop here, but the ingredients looks much different with mrs. dash. Probably I will need to try searching for others when I go grocery shopping..

        Also need to search for dill. hmm

        Oh! By the way, I tried your Borscht soup few days ago, without Dill. Taste nice! Thanks

        Have a good day! Reply

  • kate
    August 6, 2015

    This was one the the tastiest soups I ever made! Thank you so much! My family loved it! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2015

      I’m so glad to hear that your whole family loved it! Thank you for sharing that with me. Reply

  • August 6, 2015

    Thank you for this recipe. It was delicious! This is just like my granny made it, she also used to add celery to her soups!
    I used beef instead of pork and it tasted great. This was a little taste of childhood for me! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2015

      Irina I’m so happy this soup brings back memories of your Granny’s cooking :). That’s so sweet. Reply

  • Mikhail
    May 27, 2015

    Fantastic. Mum’s to far away to teach me these recipes so this site has provided me food to which my taste buds have missed for a long time. Will continue to use the recipes for a very long time ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 27, 2015

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog and that the food reminds you of your Mom’s cooking 🙂 Reply

  • Nina
    March 5, 2015

    This soup sooo good!!!! One of my favorite. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 5, 2015

      I’m so happy you like the recipe! Reply

  • Rita
    January 29, 2015

    Dear Natasha, thank you for this recipe. My husband and I loooooved the soup. He even said that it’s better than how his mom makes it, which is always a compliment 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2015

      I love getting comments like these :D. Thank you for the great review Rita and you are very welcome. Reply

  • galina
    January 19, 2015

    Hey Natasha, this soup looks so good. However I would like to try it with chicken tigh meat instead of pork. Do u think it will stay together or will it fall apart?
    (my husband loves chicken tigh meat, not a big fan of pork) Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 19, 2015

      Yes you could totally use chicken thigh meat instead of pork. My mom has also used ground beef with mushrooms and it tasted great although the beef was a little bit dryer. I think the thigh I meat will be delicious. Reply

      • Galina
        January 26, 2015

        Thank you:) I used the thighs and it was very good. Even I ate it too.(I’m not a big meat eater) thanks again! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 26, 2015

          I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the great review 🙂 Reply

  • angela
    November 4, 2014

    can never go wrong with mama’s frikadelki 🙂 love your website. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 4, 2014

      Very true! Thanks Angela 🙂 Reply

  • Tanya
    October 20, 2014

    Очень вкусно получилось, спасибо Наташа!!!
    Правда вместо пасты я использывала уже свареный рис который смешала с мясном, получился рисовомясные шарики Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2014

      That sounds really really good with rice in the meatballs. I’ll have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing how you made it 🙂 Reply

  • Jenny
    August 27, 2014

    I just made this for my family. I have been trying to make a different soup every couple of days so I decided to try this on for variety. I have never made this soup before, or anything that called for meatballs really lol, but it was so easy! I followed the recipe almost exactly except I used chicken instead of pork and the meatballs were light and wonderful. I also omitted the egg because I forgot about it. One more addition was one Knorr chicken bouillon cube for flavor. My whole family was crazy about it, and my four year old said “mama you are the best cooker ever!”. Will definitely make it again. Thanks!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2014

      What’s sweet comment from your 4 yr old! I’m so happy you all liked it 🙂 Reply

  • Dasha
    July 25, 2014

    I made this soup with lamb meatballs! So far so good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 25, 2014

      Oh that’s good to know! Thank you 🙂 Reply

  • Ella Stefoglo
    March 1, 2014

    Hello Natasha,

    Is there any other way to grind the meat without a meat grinder? I don’t have one, but would love to make this soup. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 1, 2014

      I’ve seen it done in a food processor but you can totally use pre-ground meat 🙂 Reply

  • Marina Pshichenko
    February 19, 2014

    Is there any way you could tell me about how many calories are in a cup of this soup? Would be really neat if you provided nutritional information! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2014

      The resource I use is CalorieCount.com. Once you set up a free account, you can paste in entire recipes and get calorie counts and nutritional information. I’m hoping to go through some of the old recipes and do that, but it would take me countless hours. Maybe when I go flex at work ;). Anyway, I hope you find that resource helpful! 🙂 Reply

  • Vika
    January 16, 2014

    Hi Natasha-
    Just want to thank you for such an easy to follow recipes on your blog. Everything I’ve made so far turned out great, except when I decided to make this soup the second time using beef and mushrooms instead of pork as you mentioned in the comments below…anyway, so this time with beef the soup came out very oily. I tried to spoon out some oil from top but it is still really really oily. Do you know what went wrong here? Also after sautéing onions, celery and mushrooms I was very careful not to dump the oil from the pan into the pot. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 17, 2014

      What cut of meat did you use? I wonder if it was the fat from the meat? Reply

      • Vika
        January 17, 2014

        I just used regular ground beef I bought at Walmart. Also I usually use only olive oil for cooking/sautéing, but this time I used canola oil. So I’m not sure what caused the oiliness, but next time I guess I shouldn’t skimp out on good quality meat. Lesson learned :/ Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 17, 2014

          I’d recommend using a lean ground beef. Ground beef can be quite a bit oilier depending on the % fat. Reply

  • Evelyn
    December 20, 2013

    This is definitely an interesting twist. I’m used to this soup with chicken, called soup with Frikadeli Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 20, 2013

      We call them frikadelki too! 🙂 This is my favorite soup. Major comfort food 🙂 Reply

  • Elena
    December 6, 2013

    I made this soup today and it turned out delicious! I recently got married and I’ve been using your recipies almost every day and today my hubby said I should thank you! lol so yeah thank you so much for your blog, it’s really helpful:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2013

      Awww that’s so sweet. Thanks for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you both like my recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Diana
    November 9, 2013

    Hi Natasha,
    What did you use to cut your onion? Reply

  • christine merlino
    October 22, 2013

    This is almost like “Italian wedding soup”.Instead use chicken broth, omit the egg and dill…Lots of small meatballs, that I fry up or bake in the oven before dropping into the broth. Better flavor to meatballs.
    Use “orzso pasta” added the last 20 minutes…Too DIE for!
    Freezes well…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2013

      I should try baking them one of these days! Do you mix anything special into the meatballs? Reply

  • Tatyana
    September 13, 2013

    I did not expect this soup to taste this good! I ran out of Mrs. Dash & my meatballs were half pork, half beef but it was soooooo good! My 11 month old couldn’t stop eating! Hubby, 9 year old and 4 year old made the meatballs very tiny. Oh, and we skipped the pasta because we gluten-free. Delish! Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 13, 2013

      I love to make meatballs tiny too. I’m so glad your whole family enjoyed it. That’s what is great about this recipe is you can make little adjustments based on what you have on hand and it’s always super tasty! 🙂 Reply

  • Vita
    July 30, 2013

    Love this recipe! turned out so well!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2013

      Yay!! I’m so glad 🙂 Reply

  • reina
    June 3, 2013

    The soup was good, I added more seasonings to soup and meatballs. I tried putting egg in there but the soup kinda started to look like Chinese hot&sour so I didn’t do all of it.I dislike celery but did put it into the soup, it was pretty good. And as with all soups for me, I diced some fresh garlic into the soup before serving…also, I baked the meatballs as suggested in your comments and ill either bake or fry the meatballs with onion&celery from now on. Thanks for the tip, vera and for the yummy recipe, natasha. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 3, 2013

      You’re welcome Reina 🙂 I don’t usually like celery either, but it really adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to this soup! 🙂 Reply

  • Vera
    February 14, 2013

    Hi, Natasha. You do so good job. I want to give you one tip for meat ball soup. I put meat balls into the oven and fry them there until golden color. It will give your soup better look and wonderful taste. Also you will get rid of extra fat and that bad meat liquids. My 9 children and husband noticed the difference right away:) Please correct my english, because I am old ukrainian lady:).Enjoy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2013

      Thank you for the tip! I will definitely have to try that. Sounds like a healthier way to go too! 🙂 Reply

  • Elina
    November 19, 2012

    I made this soup several times, and everyone who tried it loved it! Thank you so much. Would you ever consider making a “children friendly” section? My kids are super picky, and it’s always a big challenge on what to pack them for lunch or make them for dinner. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 19, 2012

      You are welcome Elina :). “Children friendly” section is on my to-do list, but probably not till next year. Reply

  • sara
    November 9, 2012

    Natasha this was amazing! i didnt need to add anything, i follwed your directions and it turned out delicious!!! thanks so much for this recipe i will be trying more soon. tell mom i loved it!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 9, 2012

      You are very welcome Sara :). I will defiantly let my mom know. Reply

  • anya
    November 7, 2012

    How long do you cook the meatballs for? If you drop them after the potatoes have already been boiling for a while, won’t they overcook? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2012

      Add carrots and pasta then start mixing and molding your meatballs. I’ll go back and clarify. You don’t really wait during any of the steps. You just go from step to step. By the time you are ready to add meatballs, your potatoes have probably been in the pot about 15 min or so. Does that make sense? Reply

  • YuliaA.
    October 7, 2012

    I made this with a few changes (cause I’m poor thanks to college XD)
    I used Chicken for the meatballs. And no celery, I don’t really like it cooked…
    Your recipes is AMAZINGG, I will be making a lot of these cause I live alone and I miss my mammas food (I am from Ukraine, but living somewhere else)
    Your blog is really great, makes me think of home 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 7, 2012

      I’m so happy to hear that. It’s hard to eat healthy and cook for yourself when you live away from your parents. I’m so glad you liked the soup 🙂 Reply

  • Tonya
    October 3, 2012

    Wow delicious. I used beef and added beef bouillon. So good. Thank you. And my 2 yr old loved it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 3, 2012

      You are very welcome Tonya. This is one of my favorite soups 🙂 Reply

  • Yvonne
    September 23, 2012

    I just made this soup me and my one year old… I did not scale down the recipe bc I knew I’d like it and love to have the extras to eat all during the work week… And I was right! My one year old ate helping after helping! And so did I! Thank you for this! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 23, 2012

      Awesome! It’s one of my favorites too! Not too time consuming and oh so good 🙂 Thanks Yvonne! Reply

  • Lena
    August 27, 2012

    Wow!!! I made this soup but made it little bit different, I didn’t had celery so i skipped that part, instead of pork i used beef and instead of pasta i used couscous.. Turned out soooo delicious.. Can’t wait for my husband to come home from work and make it for him.. I just ate two plates of this soup.. Thank you thank you thank you.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 27, 2012

      mmmm couscous. That’s brilliant! Reply

  • Sarah
    July 17, 2012

    I tried this recipe…It turned out amazing …
    I actually split the recipe in half since it was only for 3-4 people…but I added more of Mrs.Dash into the soup…and I actually ended up adding one chicken buillon cube. Thanks you to you and your mom! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 17, 2012

      I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 I’ll let my mom know. Reply

  • Alla
    July 16, 2012

    I tried this recipe and it was Delicious!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 16, 2012

      It’s one of my favorites as well 🙂 Reply

  • inna
    June 30, 2012

    i have to try freezing dill too. i always buy fresh and better yet, i have to plant my own kitchen herb garden. this soup looks amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2012

      My dill is just about ready to freeze. It’s fun to have a little herb garden. Last year, I planted it in a big pot/planter indoors and it worked well, but this year my hubby built a 7×2 raised garden bed just for my herbs 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta
    June 25, 2012

    This was simple and delicious! Went into my favorite recipes folder 🙂 Reply

  • Alyona
    June 18, 2012

    Natasha, you mentioned you can add frozen dill… how do you freeze dill? Thanks 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2012

      Rinse and lay out to dry indoors or outdoors. When dry, discard the thicker stems and chop finely and put them in a clean sour cream tub or whatever you want to freeze it in. Pat down gently but don’t pack it in too tightly. Cover, label with the date and freeze. Now you have wonderful dill all year long! Reply

  • Lina
    June 18, 2012

    Hi Natasha, great recipe! Any other meat that you would recommend for this soup? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2012

      Lina, you can use any meat you like really. My mom made it the following day with beef meatballs and added sauteed mushrooms to the soup. It was so so good! Turkey and chicken might be healthier options and would work well also. Reply

  • Nel
    June 18, 2012

    Hi Natasha!
    This was sooo delicious! Just one thing, seems like with all soups that I make (other than borsch) there is just a lacking flavor, maybe it needs more mrs. dash, or salt? possibly some bouillon? what do you recommend? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2012

      Do you make your other soups with meat? The meatballs add great flavor to this so I didn’t even have to add bouillon. But Mrs. Dash and a little bit of salt always helps and I do add more bouillon to taste too. Try adding Mrs Dash first, then bouillon (keep in mind most bouillon cubes have plenty of salt in them). Reply

      • Nel
        June 20, 2012

        That’s the main reason I dont like adding the bouillon cubes because of the sodium….but I normally boil the meat for about 45 mins then i take it out and add veggies…but I’ll try to add mrs dash first….I love your website! I need to laminate it and turn it into a cookbook! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          June 20, 2012

          That’s also what I love about the better than bouillon organic paste that is sold at Costco. It’s reduced sodium! Reply

          • Nel
            July 2, 2012

            Thanks for the tips! I will definitely try 🙂

    • Milla
      April 8, 2015

      Hi! This soup sounds delicious. I usually make the meatballs with pork and beef 50/50, as we usually so here in Scandinavia. I think that most soups taste better if you don’t eat them at once. Try waiting until the next day, and the soup will taste so delicious. I was wondering about Mrs Dash, but that problem was already solved by Natasha. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        April 8, 2015

        You’re from Scandinavia? Awesome!! Welcome to the blog :). I agree, most soups taste better with time 🙂 Reply

  • lena
    June 15, 2012

    hi,
    i was wondering what type of MRS DASH SEASONING do you use? i see so many different ones at the grocery store. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 15, 2012

      I’ve used regular and the garlic flavored one and love them both. You can use either one for this recipe. Reply

      • lena
        July 2, 2012

        thanks! i made it and my husband and 9 month old loved it!! its great because the veggies where tender enough for her!!
        THANKS Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 2, 2012

          That’s so awesome!! Kids are the ultimate food critics. I’m glad your 9 month old enjoyed the soup. My son also loves the meatballs 🙂 Reply

      • Anya
        August 28, 2013

        Sorry for the Aussie ignorance, but what are the ingredient in Mrs Dash? ( we don’t have this seasoning in Oz 🙂
        Thanks Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 28, 2013

          You can just use your favorite salt-free seasoning. The ingredients: onion, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice powder, citric acid, oil of lemon, spices (black pepper, parsley, celery seed, basil, bay, marjoram, oregano, savory, thyme, cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin, mustard, rosemary. Reply

          • Anya
            August 30, 2013

            Brilliant thanks Natasha 🙂

  • Rose
    June 15, 2012

    Hi Natasha, I keep up with your website all the time.. and I really like this soup, one of my favs, I used to make it with beef all the time before. But recently I tried it with ground turkey and just used all the same seasonings and let me e tell you, it was delicious! You couldn’t even tell the difference and it made me feel good eating it because turkey is so much healthier. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 15, 2012

      My mom and sister threw a soup together with beef the other day and added loads of fresh, sauteed mushrooms. It was soo soo good! It will probably be a post for the future; with lean beef ofcourse 😉 Reply

  • Emma
    June 15, 2012

    Looks so good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 15, 2012

      Thank you Emma 🙂 Reply

  • June 15, 2012

    Wow, never tried adding an egg to the soup mixture… sounds interesting, I will have to try it. 🙂
    Oh and I love cooking with mom too, its makes me feel like I am a kid again..:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 15, 2012

      Yes definitely. It’s especially fun when there is a third set of tiny fingers. Three generations cooking together (one making more of a mess than cooking). No wonder the kitchen is the most important room in the house! Reply

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