Old Fashioned Meatball Stew Recipe

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 

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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, and 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.

Meatball Stew | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

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

The Best Meatball Stew Is with Fresh Vegetables!

Meatball Stew | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

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`ve ever had.

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Meatball Stew | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com
Meatball Stew | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com
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Meatball Stew
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Hearty, rich and flavorful stew. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com
Serves: 6 servings
  • 18-20 Meatballs (Recipe for Homemade) or 12 oz pkg frozen
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups (about 4 large) carrots, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 3 stalks celery, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 (10¾ oz) can tomato soup
  • 1 (10½ oz) can beef gravy
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoons granules
  1. Combine and cook meatballs
  2. Chop vegetables and place in large pot or slow cooker
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine
  4. Stir in meatballs
  5. Stovetop: Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour or until vegetables are tender
  6. Slow Cooker: Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender
If you use frozen meatballs, time should be added.

 Recipe adapted from Simple Shortcut Recipes Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

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  1. This turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. I’m going to try this today but where’s the recipe for the cornbread?

    • Hi Judy, we just used a box of Jiffy cornbread this time.

    • Shantel Berns-Walters says

      This is my go-to recipe for beef stew. I double the sauce and use stew meat instead of meatballs. I usually toss in other frozen veggies too! The taste is shockingly amazing!!

  3. Hi~ I’m definitely going to try this recipe! It looks so good!

    Just a few questions:
    1, By “combine and cook meatballs”- you mean to combine the ingredients to make the meatballs mentioned in your “Homemade Meatballs” recipe, right?

    2. Do we really need to cook the meatballs thoroughly when making them? Since they are gonna be cooked again here either on stovetop or slow cooker, maybe we could just quickly brown them in the skillet and skip the oven, and instead we just transfer them into the stew with the rest of the veggies.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Hi Jessy, yes to combine and cook the meatballs. You can certainly just brown them since you are cooking in the slow cooker. The original recipe called for frozen meatballs, but we made our own. That’s why we cooked them all the way through before putting them in the slow cooker.
      Happy Cooking!

  4. Do you know how well this would freeze? I’m worried about the potatoes. I’ve frozen soups with potatoes in before and after reheating it the potatoes have an odd taste to them…

  5. carol southerland says

    How much time should be added for frozen meatballs? 2 hours?

    • Hi Carol, you can just add the frozen meatballs like you would fresh, they will cook while the vegetables are cooking.
      Happy Cooking!

  6. Thanks for posting this recipe…I know it is summer now, but I will be crock potting this tomorrow! I am using frozen peas/carrots and frozen diced home fries for the potatoes. Also will be making my meatballs…sounded too yummy to wait.

  7. Liz, Can you omit the onion soup in this recipe? ,

  8. This turned out great. Bought frozen meatballs and dumped it all in the crock pot. Cooked on high 4 hours and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Hi there! This was amazing times a million!!!!! So so easy to prepare. I made mine in the crock pot. This wonderful recipe you were nice enough to share with me will be (is now) something my family and I will be eating years to come!! Thank you again!!!!

    • So glad you and your family liked it Mellie! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know!
      Happy Cooking!

  10. Easy to make and smelled amazing! I had frozen meatballs and didn’t add any cooking time and it was fine

  11. Just tossed this recipe into my crockpot for dinner tonite and it smells really good even before its heated up! Can’t wait for dinner tonite! Thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for cheap, easy recipes to add to my crockpot Arsenal!

  12. Instead of beef bouillon cubes, could I substitute beef broth? If so, how much?

    • Hi Mallori, I have not made it that way. However, the bouillon cube to broth ratio is 1 cup. So I think you could try that. I would add just 1 cup though and see how it looks. It may be too thin if you add 2 cups.

  13. This was a big hit, made my own meat balls and served it with jalapeno cornbread also found on pinterest. Thanks for sharing

  14. 4 – 5 hours on low…NOT nearly long enough!!! just checked it, potatoes are still hard as rocks. Should be 4 – 5 hours on HIGH! I new that didn’t sound right.

    • Hi there, thanks for your feedback. Our slow cooker probably cooks at a different rate than yours. It didn’t take that long for our Meatball Stew.

  15. Matthew Zuzula-Lawrence says

    This was really good, I used turkey meatballs since red meat is not allowed in my house, used cream of mushroom soup instead of tomato, increased the amount of H2O a little and turkey gravy with chicken bullion! Tuned out Awesome!

  16. Shantel Walters says

    Seriously phenomenal recipe!!! Instead of “meatball stew” I make beef stew and double the ingredients for the sauce! I am extremely picky and ALWAYS add extra ingredients to create the taste I desire…I literally don’t do a thing different! Friends have tried this and are in complete awe!! Love it and will be throwing everything into a Crock-Pot this evening to throw it on in the AM for our supper tomorrow!

  17. Absolutely delicious!! Will be making again and again.. Should be noted that normally don’t life stews but I just couldn’t get enough of this! I used frozen meatballs and turned the crockpot of low for 8 hours.

  18. Thank you for the recipe. I have home made meatballs in my freezer. I’m making this in my crockpot tomorrow.

  19. Dawn Ballain says

    Can you use jar brown gravy? (Small size?) I dont really like the can gravy.

    • Hello Dawn,
      Yes, of course, you can the jar brown gravy! I used the canned gravy because I am more familiar with it, but the jar of brown gravy should be as good as any.

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