Russian Meatball Soup

Meatballs in a Veg Broth with Rice
Meatballs in a Veg Broth with Rice
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For the Soup:
1 tbsp Vegetable oil or butter
½ a large Onion finely diced
1-2 Carrots shredded on large holes of box grater
2-3 Garlic clove minced
3-5 Black peppercorns
1 Bay leaf
10 cups Water
3 medium Potatoes chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
⅓ cup Long grain rice
½ tbsp Dried herbs optional
1 tbsp Dill for garnishing
For the Meatballs: (Frikadelki)
1 lb Ground chicken or ground turkey, pork or beef
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup Milk
¾ - 1 tsp Salt
¼ tsp ground Black pepper
1 Eggs slightly beaten
½ Onion grated on the finest setting on the box grater, to form a pulp
½ tsp Dried herbs optional
½ tsp Garlic powder

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  • For the Meatballs: (Frikadelki)

Russian Meatball Soup


This Russian Meatball Soup (“Soup with frikadelki”) recipe belongs to my dear grandmother. Originally from Russia and in true grandma style, she has her own, handwritten book of all the family recipes that she grew up on and this is one of them.

Chicken meatballs made with a little grated onion, dry herbs and garlic, for flavor and boiled in a vegetable soup broth combined of onions, carrots, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, potatoes, rice and dry herbs – we love it best for a whole dinner in a soup bowl!

To make Russian Meatball Soup, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Russian Meatball Soup

Steps to make Russian Meatball Soup


Cook vegetables


In a large pot over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of butter or oil and ½ a large, diced onion, 1-2 shredded carrots, and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and season with some salt and ground black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.


Add herbs and potatoes


Add the 3-5 peppercorns, 1-2 bay leaves, 3 chopped potatoes and 10 cups of water. Season again with some salt to taste, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes are completely cooked.


Soften breadcrumbs with milk


In a mixing bowl, pour ¼-⅓ cup of milk over ½ cup of panko breadcrumbs and set aside for about 3 minutes, until the breadcrumbs have softened and absorbed all the milk.


Add meatball ingredients


Once softened, add 1 pound of ground chicken meat, 1 teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1 slightly beaten egg, ½ of an onion, finely grated to a pulp, ½ teaspoon of dry herb mixture, if using, and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and mix to combine well.


Prepare frikadelki


Best made by moistened hands, roll the ground meat mixture into ½-1 tablespoon sized meatballs then gently drop them into the simmering soup.


Add rice


Add ⅓ cup of long grain rice to the soup, season again with some dry herbs and then cook for about 10-15 minutes until the rice and meatballs are completely cooked.



Garnish with some fresh herbs such as parsley, dill, green onions and chives, for serving! Enjoy!

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Lovely recipe that reminded my gf of home. We both loved it. Thank you for posting. Instructions were easy to follow.


Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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