Meatball and Rice Soup (Sopa de Arroz con Albóndigas)

meatballs and rice soup

My grandmother’s Meatball and Rice Soup is one of my favorite soups and I come to crave it every now and then. So this past Tuesday, I was very happy to have everything on hand to make it. Here’s mamita’s Sopa de Albóndigas con Arroz recipe. I hope you enjoy even half as much as I do.



(4 to 6 servings)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cupmasarepa
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • Salt
  • Guiso

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Soup

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 beef bouillon tablet
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ teaspoon color , achiote or sazon goya with azafran
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Avocado for serving

Sopa de arroz con albondigas


  1. Make the guiso: In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  2. Place a pot over medium-high heat. Add the water, beef boullion, ground cumin, guiso and achiote. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. While the broth is simmering, make the meatballs: In a medium bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients and using your hands, mix well until combined.
  4. Divide meat mixture equally into 12 portions and roll into balls with your hands. Place in a plate and set aside.
  5. Add the meatballs to the broth. Simmer for 20 minutes, add the rice and vegetables and cook for 20 minutes more. Stir in the fresh cilantro and top with avocado. Serve.
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  1. says

    Soups and meatballs: two of my favorites, especially during the winter! It’s so sweet of you to share your grandmother’s recipe. This sopa de arroz con albondigas looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Claudia Medeiros says

    Grandma’s comfort food … what else can we ask for on a winter day ? It’s perfect, Erica :) Thanks for sharing !

    P.S.: Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog 😉

  3. Nancy says

    Your pictures are so beautiful. You have such a sense of design in creating your pictures. The colors, placement of utensils, and layout is just perfect.

  4. Monica says

    OMG.. this has been my favorite soup for as long as I can remember. I now live in a different state than my mother but whenever i go visit she HAS to make this for me.. i am a new mother and just realized i need to learn how to cook these delicious Colombian dishes so i can raise my son on them as well.

    This website is a godsend!! Thank you!!

  5. raniya says

    Delicioso! I am cooking this recipe as I am typing it in the computer, I am glad I found this site about Colombian recipes…can not wait to try more!

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