Russian Meatball Soup

Russian meatball soup is usually called in Russia "Soup with frikadelki". It's a flavorful, healthy and hearty soup. I use ground beef for the meatballs in this recipe, but you can use ground pork or even chicken instead.
Russian Meatball Soup


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 potatoes (large, cut into small cubes)
  • 1/4 cup rice (rinsed, you can use cauliflower rice for Whole30)
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 carrot (grated or chopped)
  • 1 onion (chop half of it, keep second half as one piece)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • parsley (finely chopped)
  • dill (finely chopped)
  • salt
  • pepper
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Total time:
45 minutes
Yield: 5 Servings | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes


1. Bring water to a boil. Add rice, celery and onion half; reduce heat to medium low.
2. Cut the potatoes into small cubes and add to the water.
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3. In a separate bowl, mix ground beef and minced garlic, add a little bit of fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Using your hands, form small meatballs.
4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat and sear the meatballs until browned (about 5 minutes). Add to the soup. (I prefer to sear meatballs in order to get a clearer broth).
Russian Meatball Soup photo instruction 2
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5. In a separate skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and saute onions and carrots for about 5 minutes, or until onions become soft and translucent. Add to the soup.
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6. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes.
7. Remove celery and onion half. Turn off the heat. Garnish with chopped parsley and dill. Serve hot.
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I've made this at least five times.

I was looking for shchi recipes when I came across your site. Since then I've been trying out your recipes (shchi, meatball, cod, and pickled) and loving every single one of them. So simple and yet so delicious! This meatball soup is fantastic and has become a staple in my life. I've found that 85/15 beef is ideal because the fat gives the broth an amazing depth. Just wonderful.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this meatball soup! Thank you for your wonderful comment! - Alena

Everyone loved it

I followed the recipe exactly and the soup came out perfectly. My family loved the use of dill in the broth and commented on how unique and yummy it was.

The dill works especially well for this recipe. I'm glad your family enjoyed this meatball soup! - Alena

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