Sopa de Lentejas con Albondigas (Lentil Soup with Meatballs)

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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  1. Caroll Buitrago-Long says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. Hannah Punin says

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

  4. says

    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!!)

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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.

  7. Ali says

    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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