Sopa de Estrellitas con Albóndigas (Pasta and Meatballs Soup)

by Erica Dinho on November 9, 2012

Sopa de Estrellitas con Albóndigas (Pasta and Meatballs Soup)

I was craving a good hot soup last week and this star-shaped Pasta and Meatballs Soup was just what I needed to warm up on a cold fall day. This soup is rich, soothing, flavorful, and very easy to make.

Growing up in Colombia, a bowl of soup was served in my house with lunch or dinner every day. My mom’s Sopa de Estrellitas con Albóndigas was one of my favorites. The flavors of this soup remind me of my childhood home in Colombia and make me feel warm and cozy.

Buen provecho!

Sopa de Estrellitas con Albóndigas (Pasta and Meatballs Soup)

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(About 6 to 8 servings)

    For the meatballs

  • ½ pound of ground pork
  • ½ pound of ground beef
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup of aliños sauce
  • Salt
  • ¼ warm water
  • 1/2 cup masarepa or precooked cornmeal

Sopa de Estrellitas con Albóndigas (Pasta and Meatballs Soup)

For the soup:
1 cup of aliños sauce
2 carrots, peeled and diced
8 cups of water or more if needed
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 pound star-shaped, cooked until al dente and drained
Salt and ground pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro for serving

Sopa de Estrellitas con Albóndigas (Pasta and Meatballs Soup)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, egg, aliños, salt, cornmeal and water. Knead with your hands until well mixed.
  2. Shape the mixture into 12 small meatballs, set them on a plate.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, place the aliños, carrots, water cumin. Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Add the meatballs to the broth, one at a time. Cover and let cook for 40 to 45 minutes over medium-low heat.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle fresh cilantro and serve immediately.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa November 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

With it being so cold, this soup has my name written all over it! When can I come over?


2 Erica November 9, 2012 at 10:42 PM

What about tonight :)…Thanks, Belinda!


3 Kim November 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I have always wanted to make this soup. It looks so pretty with the stars. Pinning!


4 Erica November 9, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Thanks, Kim!


5 Joanne November 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM

My grandmother used to make a soup like this all the time! Perfect comfort food.


6 Erica November 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM



7 Dinie November 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Interesting!! I wouldn’t have thought to put meatballs in soups…. Different,but sounds tasty!


8 Erica November 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Thanks, Dinie! Meatballs are fantastic in soups!


9 Camila November 14, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Que rico!! I most say this looks so yummy :D


10 Erica November 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Gracias, Camila!


11 Chris November 17, 2012 at 1:50 PM

That broth looks so rich. I know my son would love this, he is such a meatball freak.


12 Erica November 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

My kids love this soup !!! Try it, Chris!


13 Sara November 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Made this soup last night for dinner and it was a hit with the kiddos. It was delicious. Thanks for all your family recipes.


14 Erica November 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM



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