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Sopa de Albondigas

Sopa de Albondigas

Sopa de Albondigas

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


6 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

40 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Limnos Lamb Rub brings warm, robust spices and cool, refreshing spearmint into this traditional Mexican meatball soup, resulting in a crisp yet cozy dish perfect for autumn evenings.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce to taste.

Recipe Notes

Vegetarian/Vegan: Replace beef stock with vegetable stock and ground beef with one pound of plant-based ground beef substitute (we liked Beyond Meat's Beyond Beef in this recipe).


For soup:

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 quarts beef broth (8 cups)

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices

2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 large russet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

For meatballs:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

To serve:

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Limnos Lamb Rub

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

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  • Fine Black Malabar Pepper

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  • Smoked Jalapeno Hot Sauce

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Step 1: Make soup

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 min. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add beef broth, tomato paste, zucchini, carrots, celery, potato, 1 Tbsp. Limnos Lamb Rub, and 2 tsp. Mayan Sea Salt. Bring broth to a rolling boil while preparing meatballs.

Step 2: Make meatballs

Place ground beef in a large bowl and mix in rice, cilantro, 2 Tbsp. Limnos Lamb Rub, 2 tsp. Mayan Sea Salt, and Fine Black Malabar Pepper. Form mixture into 1-inch balls.

Step 3: Cook meatballs and serve

Add meatballs to boiling broth, one at a time. Boil for 5 min., then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30 min. without stirring. Serve and garnish with lemon wedges and hot sauce to taste.