How to Make Old Fashioned Meatball Stew Recipe (2024)

Full of meatballs, fresh vegetables, and loads of flavor, this rich and thick Meatball Stew can be made on the stovetop or slow cooker. Serve with cornbread for the perfect hearty dinner your family will love! Try this healthy meatball stew recipe.


  • 1 pound ground beef, pork or chicken for meatballs
  • 1/2 onion chopped finely (or grated using a cheese grater) for meatballs
  • 1/2 onion sliced for stew
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 egg
  • 4 large carrots sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 russet potatoes (about 2 pounds) or sub new potatoes
  • 3 stalks celery, washed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon Better Than Bouillon-Beef (or 3 beef bouillon cubes)
  • 1 8-ounce can of tomato soup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup half and half or whole milk (optional for a richer stew)

Time-Saving Tips:

  • Frozen meatballs can be used instead of making your own.
  • A can Cream of Mushroom soup or store-bought gravy can be substituted for the flour/cream/thyme ingredients.
  • Frozen mixed vegetables can be substituted for the chopped vegetables.
  • Whole new potatoes can be substituted for chopped russets to save time.

Stovetop Directions:

  1. Combine meat, grated/chopped onion, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Divide mixture in half and form each half into 6-8 meatballs. Set aside.
  2. In a heavy stockpot over medium heat, bring water, bouillon, tomato soup, thyme, and bay leaf to a boil. Add meatballs and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add onion, carrots, potatoes, celery and cook additional 10 minutes.
  4. Blend butter and flour together to make a paste and stir into stew. *Add cream if desired.
  5. Cook 20-30 minutes until slightly thickened.

Slow-Cooker Directions:

  1. Turn Slow-Cooker onto high heat. Melt butter and stir in flour to combine.
  2. Add sliced onion, carrots, potatoes, celery to slow-cooker.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine meat, grated/chopped onion, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper. Divide mixture in half and form each half into 6-8 meatballs. Set aside.
  4. Add water, bouillon, tomato soup, thyme, and bay leaf to slow-cooker. Gently add meatballs. They should be mostly submerged in the liquid. If not, add more liquid (water or broth).
  5. *Add cream if desired.
  6. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or on high heat for 4 hours.
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Old Fashioned Meatball Stew

Meatballsare known as kofta in Arabic, meatballs have a Persian origin. It is widely used in many different cuisines, including Turkish, Albanian, Greek, and Indian. The latter comes in more than 200 different types. The least tender portions of beef that become juicy and tender with slow moist heat are perfect for stewing. It is generally well-liked in affordable cooking. Lean meat can easily become dry, but cuts with a certain degree of marbling and gelatinous connective tissue produce moist, flavorful stews. This stew with meatballs is filling and bursting with flavor.

A hearty, traditional meatball stew is a wonderful way to stay warm on a chilly winter evening. After a long day of tobogganing, skating, or snowboarding, come home to this feast. No concerns if you don’t have a slow cooker! Simply cook the stew on the burner. The stew is versatile and can be made with pork, beef, turkey, or chicken meatballs. Match the broth or bouillon to the meat for the best flavor.

Delicious Meatballs Stew

Meatballs, diced potatoes, and carrots are combined into a basic sauce in this dish and cooked until tender and savory. This hearty meatball stew is not only obscenely tasty but also healthy. It is filled with protein from the meatballs and is nutrient-dense due to the number of vegetables.

One of the traditional Italian recipes is Italian meatballs. It is a wonderful and mouthwatering recipe. Low-carb meatballs differ from classic meatballs in various ways since modern consumers prefer to maintain a healthy body weight and shape.

Why We Love the Meatball Stew?

It seems like our Winter is never-ending. We currently have at least two feet of snow on the ground. We continue to hit records for low temperatures, similar to much of the country. Thank goodness for warm – stick to your bones – comfort food! There just isn’t anything like a good hearty soup or stew to warm you up.

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I have made plenty of stews during my many years in the kitchen. I had never thought to add Meatballs… this was definitely a new adventure. So, I am happy to say, it was a grand adventure!

The Best Meatball Stew Is with Fresh Vegetables!

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Fresh vegetables definitely make all the difference, the flavors from “real” food are unmatched. Along with a match of Homemade Meatballs, this Stew was a favorite with our family! They said that this is the best Meatball Stew recipe they’d ever had.

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Recipe adapted from Simple Shortcut Recipes Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

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Why You’ll love the Recipe?

  • It makes a nutritious one-pot meal and there are many variations to please picky eaters.
  • It can be thrown in a crock pot for an easy no-fuss dinner.

Health Benefits

Meat is used to make meatballs. The vast majority of the meatballs are made with ground beef. Meat offers several vital nutrients that are beneficial for body systems and brain development. Meat supplies protein, vitamins, iron, and other minerals when eaten three to four times per week. Because of their flavor, meatballs are a favorite of many people.

With that being said, here are the health advantages of eating meatballs.

Body growth

Meatballs contain protein, which supports the structure of the human body. Animal protein similarly helps digestion to vegetable protein. Proteins have a significant role in the development of the skin, muscles, lungs, and heart in living things like humans.

Power Booster

Meatballs’ high-fat content provides quick energy. In the body of a person, it serves as a reliable supply of energy. The body’s extended feelings of fullness are also a result of the fat content.

Beef Provides L-Carnitine

L-carnitine, a crucial substance for supporting health, is found in beef. It is a step in the digestion of meat. L-Carnitine facilitates the movement of fat into cells for burning.

Heart Health

A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials reveals that L-carnitine helps in improving outcomes. In particular, it protects against the effects of nitric oxide, inflammation, hypotension, and oxidative stress.


Beef consumptionalso helps in the control of diabetes. In addition, patients with type-2 diabetes that consume more L-carnitine have higher fasting blood glucose levels and better cholesterol levels.

How to Store?

Store: Any stew that is left over should be refrigerated and stored in an airtight container. It can last for up to 3 to 4 days. On the burner or in the microwave, it can be heated again.

Freeze: Thaw the stew in the fridge overnight, and reheat gently. It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. The recipe with new potatoes holds up better when frozen.

Uncooked meatballs should be arranged in a single layer, not touching, on a baking sheet. After 20 to 30 minutes of freezing, until they are solid, place them in a freezer-safe bag. They can be frozen for up to two months, so be sure to write the “cook by” date on the bag. To prepare, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then prepare according to the recipe.

Final Thoughts

It may be an ‘old-fashioned’ recipe but it will certainly taste great. Discover the richness of this meatball recipe by making it yourself. It is easy to do and you’ll find yourself loving this dish.

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