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Slow-Cooked Meatball Stew

I came up with this hearty meal-in-one as another way to use frozen meatballs. It's quick to put together in the morning and ready when my husband gets home in the evening. —Iris Schultz, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots, quartered
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked home-style meatballs
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef gravy
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules


  • Place the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and meatballs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over meatball mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 291 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1400mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • maifun
    Dec 26, 2020

    This is good and easy, I like the flavor of stew and all of the veggies, but don't like stew meat, so meatballs are a nice compromise. I added a bag of frozen corn and next time I'm going to try with Trader Joe's mini meatballs so there are more meatballs to go around.

  • DWare5883
    Sep 23, 2020

    It’s an easy recipe and ok in terms of flavor but nothing I’m excited to eat again.

  • Nice
    Jul 12, 2020

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  • JCV4
    Nov 21, 2019

    I had some tomato juice on hand that I wanted to use up and it worked fine in this recipe. So easy and very tasty!

  • John
    Feb 25, 2019

    delicious! timing is right on - about 20 minutes prep and then slow cooked all day long. Now I need to convert an Instant Pot recipe!

  • K.
    Oct 13, 2018

    We loved this recipe. Didn't change a thing. Look forward to making this again and again in the future.

  • angcy
    Apr 21, 2018

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  • Guidopuppy
    Feb 12, 2018

    We loved this stew. I've made it a couple of times and it was even better each time I make it. I didn't change a thing.

  • mother of 3
    Jan 15, 2018

    Turned it into stove-top soup. Made homemade beef gravy and skipping the onion soup mix, added onion powder to taste. Used 2 cups Trader Joe's Creamy Tomato soup, 1 1/2 teaspoons basil, 2 Tablespoons dried parsley and quartered the Wellesley Farms beef meatballs. Sprinkled with Parmesan. Very Good!

  • Phillip
    Dec 31, 2017

    Sorry, I have not-yet found (other than home made) a frozen meatball that did not make me retch. What brand to you use?