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Meatball and bean soup

I am trying to make the ultimate meatball and bean soup. This is kind of in response to the soup kickstart diet that was on Today Tonight years ago. Now and then I have a health kick and need to lose a bit of weight and vegetable soup is good at this if you control what goes in it. Here is my current soup.




  • 250 grams mince
  • 1 red onion (grated)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • dash of paprika
  • dash of mixed herbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs (optional)
  • Canola oil or similar for frying


  • Canola oil or similar
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 zuchinni, quartered lengthways and sliced
  • 1 carrot, quartered lengthqays and sliced
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 800 grams of canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 400 grams of beans, borlotti are good, if canned, drain and rince
  • salt/pepper to taste

Basic Method


  1. Mix all ingredients in a ball
  2. If you are not using breadcrumbs chill the mixed ingredients for 1/2 hour
  3. Heat oil in a fry pan
  4. Form meat mixture into balls and fry until browned
  5. Set aside


  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven
  2. add onion, zhucinni, carrot and celery and fry until onion softens, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the water and bring to boil
  4. Add tomatoes, stock and meatballs and reduce heat to a simmer
  5. Cook for 1/4 hour stirring occasionally, it should reduce a little
  6. Add beans and salt and pepper to taste

Optional Extras

Chinese Pearl Barley

Add 1/3 cup when you add the meatballs for a bit of body, this will need extra cooking time as the pearl barley needs to soften

Nice recipe!


Thanks :D

No worries

What sort of mince is best to use with this?

Good point. I used beef, but some have mentioned using half beef half pork.