Albóndigas Soup

This classic Spanish soup combines meatballs--albóndigas (ahl-BON-dee-gahs)and a spicy broth.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups soup, about 12 tortilla strips, 1 tablespoon avocado, and 1 tablespoon cilantro)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 297
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 9.3g
  • Saturated fat: 2.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 24.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 29.8g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Iron: 4.5mg
  • Sodium: 733mg
  • Calcium: 118mg


  • Meatballs:
  • 3/4 pound ground round
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 1/4 cup bottled salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Cooking spray
  • Soup:
  • 2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped seeded poblano chile or 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup bottled salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup diced peeled avocado
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. To prepare meatballs, combine first 5 ingredients. Shape mixture into 32 (3/4-inch) meatballs; place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 12 minutes or until done. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the soup, place the tortilla strips in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 cup onion, poblano, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup salsa and the next 4 ingredients (salsa through tomatoes); reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the meatballs; cook for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle the soup into individual bowls, and top with the tortilla strips, diced avocado, and chopped cilantro.
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