meatball soup recipe

Meatball Soup

I’m not one of those people who cooks the same recipe every time.  I prefer to tinker with my food.  Sometimes it’s successful, sometimes it’s not so great.  This delicious recipe came out of a combination of ingredients on hand in the fridge:  

  • chicken soup made from the bones of the roasted chicken two days ago
  • the outer leaves set aside from making fermented cabbage
  • the tops of celery
  • an onion
  • the leftover bits of sweet bell pepper

Needing to come up with something for dinner I decided that soup was the order of the day. Quick, easy and versatile soups are always a great way to use up leftovers for a delicious meal. It’s like my own version of a kitchen chef contest, what-can-I-make-with-these-ingredients.  I often joke that instead of the kitchen shows where the chef-contestants have access to a kitchen with every ingredient imaginable, there needs to be a cooking show where you have a refrigerator full of leftovers and a traditionally stocked pantry.

While I’m not sure what anyone else would have made with my ingredients on hand; this is what I came up with.   In this case a meatball soup seemed like a perfect dinner recipe to me.   It was a hit and this recipe will be making a regular appearance at our table.

Meatball Soup
  1. 1 medium onion, diced
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 cup of celery (mostly greens), diced
  5. 8 large cabbage leaves, shredded
  6. 1/2 sweet bell pepper, diced
  7. 4 cups chicken broth
  8. 2 cups water
  9. meatballs (see recipe below)
  10. 1 cup cooked rice
  11. sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot
  2. Saute onion until just starting to wilt
  3. Add garlic and saute one more minute
  4. Add celery and cabbage greens and saute two minutes
  5. Add bell pepper and saute one minute
  6. Add broth and water
  7. Bring to just under boiling then reduce to a simmer
  8. Gently spoon meatballs into soup
  9. Cook 20 minutes or until meatballs are done
  10. Add rice, salt and pepper and serve
The Ingredient Guru, Mira Dessy
  1. 1 pound organic ground meat
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tablespoon dried onion
  4. 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix ingredients together and form into meatballs
  2. Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through
The Ingredient Guru, Mira Dessy

About Mira

Mira Dessy is The Ingredient Guru. A holistic nutrition professional, author, and a popular public speaker, she knows that it's not just what you eat, but what's in what you eat. She is the author of The Pantry Principle: how to read the label and understand what’s really in their food. Dessy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner whose mission is to educate and empower consumers. She curates the Lean Clean Green Subscription box, the premier, organic, earth-friendly, healthy, sustainable subscription box which can be found online at