Kidney-healthy Meatball & Veggie Soup Recipe

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Eating the right foods can support kidney health. Paige Vondran, the medical chef educator for the Dietary Treatment Program, offers a kidney-healthy delicious soup recipe.

Meatball & Veggie Soup

Bowl of meatball and veggie soup Yields: 7 servings
Each serving is approximately 1 ½ cup broth & vegetables with 5 miniature meatballs

Calories: 132 kcal
Phosphorous: 99 mg;
Potassium: 377 mg
Sodium: 105 mg

Meatball Ingredients (~25 each)
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • ½ medium/large carrot
  • ½ medium/large celery stalk
  • ½ medium onion
  • 2 Tbsp. breadcrumbs
  • Dry seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper
Soup Ingredients
  • 7 cups water
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 medium onion
  • medium/large carrots
  • 2 cups raw spinach

Let's cook!

  • Rinse and slice the carrots, celery, and onion into small pieces.
  • In a large stock pot, combine the water and sliced vegetables to the pot.
  • Bring the liquid to a rapid boil, then lower to a simmer and cover with a lid.
  • While the soup broth is simmering, start assembling the meatballs.
  • Slice the carrot, celery, and onion in to medium sized chunks, then add to a food processor or blender.
  • Thoroughly chop the vegetables until minced.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients together.
  • Add dry seasonings to taste; stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Grease a large pan with nonstick cooking spray then heat until hot.
  • Scoop meatball mixture using a spoon, forming bite sized rounds (about Tablespoon sized).
  • Brown the meatballs in the hot pan, rotating on all sides, until fully cooked through out.
  • Set meatballs aside.
  • Scoop about 2-3 cups of the vegetable soup and transfer to the food processor or blender.
  • Blend the mixture into a puree consistency, then add the puree back to the large pot.
  • Add the fresh spinach and meatballs, then serve hot.
Chef’s Tips
  • For additional flavor, low sodium vegetable broth can be substituted as needed for the water (but may add additional sodium).
  • Other vegetables that are compliant with the renal diet can be added to this recipe as desired.
  • For extra lean meatballs, a combination ground meat can be used (such as veal, pork, and beef).

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