Sopa de Lentejas con Albondigas (Lentil Soup with Meatballs)

by Erica Dinho on April 5, 2011

Lentejas con Albondigas

I’ve been so busy lately with the new baby that I haven’t had much time to play in the kitchen. I know it’s spring, but here in New England the weather has been winter like! I made a cold weather comfort food favorite this week, Lentil Soup with Meatballs. It’s a very easy soup to make.

I love one pot meals that can simmer without any work. This way, I can change diapers and do laundry while my lunch is cooking.

Buen provecho!

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(4 servings)


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 ¼ cup dried lentils
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • ½ cup potato, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Meatballs

  • 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 cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place the oil in a medium pot. Add the onion, garlic, tomato and scallions to the pot, season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally about 12 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook 1 more minute.
  2. Add the lentils, carrots and water, bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium low. Make the meatballs: In a medium bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients, and using your hands, mix well until combined.
  3. Divide meat mixture equally into 12 portions and roll into balls with your hands.
  4. Add the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add potatoes, cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are fully cooked and fork tender, thin with water if necessary. Add fresh cilantro and ladle into soup bowls and serve immediately.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cheryl April 5, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Thank you for this recipe. It sounds delicious!

Enjoy your time with the baby.


2 Belinda @zomppa April 5, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I heard y’all got more snow! I love one pot meals – not just for the comfort and flavor factors – but the cleanup factor. This is one to definitely try.


3 Karen April 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM

This sounds very comforting. I love to cook, but I’d rather play with babies :)


4 Caroll Buitrago-Long April 5, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Hola Erica,

No sabia que vivias en New England, yo vivo en Illinois y al sur…asi que al lado tuyo estamos en verano jeje. Yo amo a los Patriots y sobretodo veo a Tom Brady, es lo mas papasito que tiene el futbol americano!!! o no?
Me alegra que a pesar de estar ya tan ocupada con tu bebita, tengas tiempo para tomar fotos y cocinar. Esa arepa al lado de la sopa….se ve…DE LI!!!

Dios te bendiga en tu nueva etapa de madre y que el clima pronto se arregle. Yo por ahora trabajo y disfruto tu pagina y se la recomiendo a mis amigas(os) ….todos felices!
Un buen dia!


5 5 Star Foodie April 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Such a delicious soup, the meatballs are yummy and very nutritious with lentils!


6 Ivy April 6, 2011 at 6:13 AM

This sounds delcious and easy and of course the baby comes first.


7 nammi April 6, 2011 at 7:22 AM

yumm, that looks very comforting. congrats on your new baby.


8 norma April 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

You are right the weather has been crazy. I needed this soup yesterday.

Espero que tu y los ninos esten bien!


9 tasteofbeirut April 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Excellent choice of a meal with a new baby you need all the iron you can get!


10 Kim April 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying your time with the new baby. I love spending time with newborns. They are so precious and cute. (Plus they don’t talk back to you like the older kids do) ha ha.

I love lentils and really love the addition of meatballs in this soup. Looks very tasty!


11 Hannah Punin April 7, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Yum! This looks delicioso! I love your recipes, the coca cola rice was such a hit with my ecuadorian “rice mad” husband! THANKS!


12 Claire April 8, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Question: Do you cover the soup with a lid while it’s cooking, or just leave it uncovered?


13 Erica April 8, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Claire- I covered the soup!


14 Barbara April 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Babies are such a joy….as well as work. :) And it’s hard to get around to cooking when you’re so busy. This soup is a great idea, Erica. Love the idea of meatballs in a lentil soup! (My mother used to put hot dogs in her lentil soup!!)


15 pierre April 10, 2011 at 7:46 AM

i just love this kind of soup !!
cheers de Paris


16 ruth April 11, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Oh my gosh! Have you had your baby already? How did I miss that! Huge congrats to start with. Very impressed that you have managed to coook. Those meatballs look delicious and that does look like a plateful of delicious comfort food!


17 Soma April 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

The recipe sounds so good and so very familiar to the Indian meat koftas we make. I am amazed that u are doing so much and posting with the new baby. U r one superwoman. Enjoy ur time with the precious little thing.


18 Ali April 30, 2011 at 4:00 AM

I am in Australia with my colombian husband and I use your recipes all the time. We’ve just had a baby aswell and I am determined that our little one experiences as much of his colombian culture as possible so we are a spanish speaking, arepa eating household! I don’t have a colombian abuelita to teach me unfortunately so I am learning from you.

Gracias y Felicitaciones


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