Bavarian meatball stew

Recipe Information

Bavarian meatball stew is a delicious Bavarian recipe usually served as a appetizer. It requires about 35 minutes of prep time and about 35 minutes of cooking time for a combined total time of 1 hour, 10 minutes. The overall cooking skill level is considered intermediate. This recipe will yield 8 servings if prepared as directed.
Servings 8
Preparation Time 35 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Total Time 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Main Ingredient Beef; Potatoes; Carrots
Category Meat; Vegetables
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Appetizer; Main Dish; Side Dish
Subtype Soup
Cuisine Bavarian; German
Cook Method Baking; Stove Top


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 28 ounces beef broth

  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 14 ounces Bavarian sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 2 medium carrots, sliced

  • 2 celery ribs, sliced

  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 bay leaf


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking pan with olive oil.

  • Combine the egg, breadcrumbs, parsley flakes, allspice, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper in a large mixing bowl.

  • Once thoroughly combined, crumble the ground beef into the bowl and mix well.

  • Shape the beef mixture into balls that are about 1 inch in size and place them into the baking pan.

  • Place the pan into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Drain out the excess liquid.

  • In a large saucepan, combine the beef broth, tomatoes, sauerkraut, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, sugar, bay leaf, and remaining black pepper. Add the meatballs to the saucepan and bring the pot to a boil.

  • Reduce the heat to a low setting. Cover the saucepan and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Discard the bay leaf before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 383 cal

  • Total fat: 24g

  • Saturated fat: 10g

  • Monounsaturated fat: 10g

  • Cholesterol: 95mg

  • Sodium: 768mg

  • Potassium: 646mg

  • Carbohydrate: 23g

  • Fiber: 4g

  • Protein: 19g