Healthy Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

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

Everything You’ll Need

  • 1 pound ground turkey, chicken, or lean beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pepper
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 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 oregano
  • 1 zucchini 
  • 1 eggplant 

Healthy Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

Low Calorie Albondigas Soup Meal Prep and Storage

Meal Prep – Cook the soup and then allow to cool completely. Scoop single servings into individual containers, or family sized servings into gallon freezer bags (or jars/containers with lids). 
Frozen Soup – Be sure any container is only filled 2/3 full as the soup will expand in the freezer. Store for up to a month in the freezer. If freezing gallon bags, lay flat to freeze to save storage room. 
Refrigerated Soup – Will hold in the refrigerator for 4 days.
Reheating – Add to a medium or large sauce pot, heat frozen for 30 minutes on low, or defrosted soup for 5-10 minutes over medium-low heat. Check one meatball by cutting in half to ensure it’s hot, then serve.

Albondigas Soup

Healthy Albondigas Soup Recipe

Albondigas Soup

Low Calorie Albondigas Soup

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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 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 367 kcal


Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey, chicken, or lean beef
  • ½ cup cooked white rice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Soup Ingredients:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ½ 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
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 zucchini halved lengthwise, and sliced
  • 1 eggplant quartered and sliced
  • cup cilantro chopped


  • 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.


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 Albondigas Soup

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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