Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

This Albondigas Soup Recipe is just 367 calories for 3 big cups (that’s a huge meal!)

I worked hard to cut out as many carbs as I could without changing the flavor and consistency of this soup recipe, and it came out amazing!

Albondigas Soup

You could easily boost the protein by doubling the meatballs (and I’ve made it that way, it’s amazing!) But this veggie packed meatball soup is perfect as it is, and has 31.6g of protein!

Albondigas Soup

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Ingredients in Albondigas Recipe

I like to make this recipe with ground turkey, but ground beef or chicken will also work. Same with broth, you can use chicken, beef or even vegetable broth.

Albondigas Soup

Shopping List for Albondigas Meatball Soup:

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey, chicken, or lean beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Soup Ingredients:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1 Russet potato 
  • 6 cups broth chicken, beef or vegetable
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 zucchini 
  • 1 eggplant 
  • 2/3 cup cilantro 

How to Make Albondigas Soup Recipe

This quick soup is hearty and delicious, and can be made in just 40 minutes (including prep time!)

If you want to meal prep this recipe, it’s extra easy. Just be sure to let the soup cool completely, then add 3 cups of soup to each meal prep container (or a family sized portion to a larger container or freezer bag) and freeze or refrigerate. Will hold for 1 month in the freezer and 3-4 days in the fridge.

Albondigas Soup

Easy Albondigas Directions:

  1. To a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients. Mix until just combined, then roll into 1 inch meatballs and set aside on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat, and spray with olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin and oregano to the pot. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes, then drop the meatballs, zucchini, and eggplant into the soup and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Taste, and add in more salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro.

Albondigas Soup Recipe

I love a warm soup on a cold day, and because of that I have created LOTS of healthy soup recipes. Here are more for you to try, and below the printable albondigas recipe card.

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

Lose Weight By Eating
This Albondigas Soup is just 367 calories for 3 cups! That's a HUGE serving!
You can have a smaller serving for less calories of course, but I wanted to make a big hearty meal that was low calorie and packed full of nutrition.
Special Tip: If you want to cut the carbs more, you can swap out the potato for more carrots. But I have already lowered the carbs by 1/2 of the typical recipe…
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 367 kcal

Ingredients
  

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey, chicken, or lean beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Soup Ingredients:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 Russet potato peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 6 cups broth chicken, beef or vegetable
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 zucchini halved lengthwise, and sliced
  • 1 eggplant quartered and sliced
  • 2/3 cup cilantro chopped

Instructions
 

  • To a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients. Mix until just combined, then roll into 1 inch meatballs and set aside on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Heat a large pot over medium heat, and spray with olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin and oregano to the pot. Bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, then drop the meatballs, zucchini, and eggplant into the soup and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Taste, and add in more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 3cupsCalories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 38.8gProtein: 31.6gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1471mgPotassium: 1371mgFiber: 6.9gSugar: 9.5gCalcium: 88mgIron: 5mg
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Nutrition and Calories in Recipe for Albondigas

The serving size is 3 cups… and let’s be honest, that is likely more than the average person can eat! It’s ok if you have a smaller serving, but I wanted this soup to be big and hearty, and it is!

I used chicken stock, and ground turkey for the nutrition label. If you use beef or vegetable broth it won’t change the nutrition much. But using ground beef will change the fat and calories quite a bit.

Also, you can easily lower the sodium by getting low sodium broth and by omitting the salt all together. I recommend using fresh lime juice when serving to give your soup that bite you may miss from the salt.

Important Note: As a reminder, at Lose Weight By Eating the goal is to make healthier, all-natural versions of your favorite recipes… not all will be “diet worthy” depending on the diet you are on. But they will be healthier versions to help curb your cravings.

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