Meatball and Rice Soup (Sopa de Arroz con Albóndigas)

by Erica Dinho on November 10, 2009

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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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tangled Noodle November 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM

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 Felisha November 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Looks comforting with the cold weather coming up!


3 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 10, 2009 at 10:29 AM

It’s rainy and cold here…this meatball soup would be exactly what I need now!


4 Sarah Naveen November 10, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Oh wow!!! Such a delicious soup…
Gotta try it soon!!!!


5 Erica November 10, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment!


6 karen November 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Similar to a Mexican albondigas, which I just love. I plan to make some thins winter!


7 Claudia Medeiros November 10, 2009 at 3:12 PM

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 ;)


8 vinolia November 10, 2009 at 3:30 PM

the soup looks delicious and filling and that makes a perfect one pot meal!!


9 Simply Life November 10, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Wow this soup looks soooooo tasty! Another amazing meal here! Wow, I wish I had my meals at your place :)


10 Oysterculture November 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM

This looks like the soup for fall, stick to your ribs warm – perfect for November – thanks for sharing!


11 Erica November 10, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments! I love this soup :)


12 Sook November 10, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I love the fact that you can make soup with meatballs. I love meatballs and anything soup! This will be a great fall-winter dinner.


13 Nancy November 10, 2009 at 9:17 PM

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.


14 Nancy November 10, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Sorry.. They ARE just perfect!


15 Juliana November 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Oh! I had this soup before…absolutely delicious…and great for this weather…yummie!


16 Danielle November 11, 2009 at 1:25 PM

I really should try making meatball soup one of these days. it just looks so comforting


17 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie November 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Yum! Meatballs & rice soup sounds really wonderful!


18 Erica November 12, 2009 at 7:47 AM

Thank you everyone :)


19 Monica November 12, 2009 at 2:24 PM

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!!


20 Diana @ Spain in Iowa November 16, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Now this I’m making!! This is beautiful Erica, and one that I know my family will enjoy on a Sunday afternoon!

Thank you for sharing a family recipe!!


21 raniya February 12, 2010 at 12:53 PM

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!


22 Fran October 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Should I use cooked or uncooked rice in this recipte


23 Erica October 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Fran- Uncooked rice.


24 Monica October 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM



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