Russian Beef Meatball Soup Recipe With Chickpeas

       My recipe beef meatball soup is soup recipe what I am making often time. I am sharing soup recipe with chickpeas but we can use rice or other grains instead. It is really tasty and tasted many times by my family and friends. I like to make this soup with grounded beef meatballs. However, mixed grounded beef and porks works well too. The benefit of meatball soup is we don’t need to make broth or stock as other meat soups. For additional flavor, I like my meatballs slightly brown before adding to the soup. This simple step makes the soup more flavorful, in my opinion.

The best taste of meatballs and soup if we use homemade ground beef. I usually make a large amount of ground meat and freeze it.

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14 oz ground beef (I used lean beef round part)

2L of water

5 oz  onion

6 oz  carrot

5 oz  the white part of a leek

5 medium size potatoes

15 oz can of chickpeas

2 tablespoons oil for frying

1 tablespoon of butter


Black pepper

Red pepper

Garlic powder

Parsley (dry or fresh)

1-2 bay leaves

I used our local Louisiana spice mix “Slap your mama” what contains salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic. Very good spice mix. You can use red pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder instead.

Preparation Ingredients

  1. Dice potatoes, carrot, and onion.

Photo Meatball soup potatoes

2. Dice leek.

If you never cook leek, very important wash it very well. I cut off roots, cut leightwise and wash it. Chooped it and wash very well again under running water.

Photo Meatballs soup leek

3. Add to ground meat spices and salt. To make even meatballs make a 1-inch layer of meat and divide and cut with a knife to even squares. Roll each meatball very well in your hands to press out air.

Meatballs are great for freezing! Make meatballs and place on cutting board. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Remove from the cutting board and place it in a ziplock bag for future storing. Squeeze the air out bag and seal. Cover bag with foil or paper. Frozen meatballs don’t need thaw but take longer cooking than freshly made. Add to boiled water 10 minutes before soup done.

Photo How to make meatballs

Another method to make meatballs the same size is to use the tool called a melon baller. Read more ⇒ How To Use Melon Baller 13 Ideas With Photos

Cooking Direction

4. Bring water to boil and add potatoes.

Photo Meatballs potatoes boil

5. Saute onion and carrot in a mix of butter and oil 5-10 minutes by carrot is half done. Add leek and mix it with vegetables, saute 1-2 minutes.

Photo Meatballs soup vegetables

6. Move vegetables on one side of the skillet and add meatballs. Slightly brown meatballs for a few minutes.

Photo Meatballs on a skillet

7. Add boiling water from a pot, add chickpeas and bay leaves. Mix together, so chickpeas get flavors from the mixture. Cover and turn off heat.

Photo Meatball Soup Vegetables

8. When potatoes are almost ready add meatballs with vegetables. Boil 5 minutes. Cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes before serve.

Meatballs should be ready when we are going to add to soup.

Photo Meatball soup ready to serve

So good with toasted bread or crackers!


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