Country meatball stew recipe (1978)

Country meatball stew - Meatball ragout retro recipe

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This 1970s meatball stew recipe (originally called meatball ragout) was created by the Campbell’s soup company, and combines beef broth and mushroom soup to make a rich base for these beef meatballs.

One-pot supper: Beef meatball stew (from 1978)

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Country meatball stew - Meatball ragout retro recipe

Country meatball stew

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This 1970s Campbell's Soup recipe was originally called Country Meatball Ragout.


  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 8 oz. tomatoes, cut up
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed thyme leaves
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 package (20 oz.) frozen stew vegetables
  • dash of pepper


  1. Thoroughly mix beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, salt and a dash of pepper.
  2. Shape firmly into about 24 meatballs.
  3. In large saucepan, brown meatballs with 2 tablespoons of. When done, pour off fat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
  5. Cover; simmer 20 minutes or until done. Stir occasionally.
  6. Gradually blend 1/2 cup water into 1/4 cup flour until smooth. Slowly stir into stew.
  7. Cook, stirring until thickened.
  8. Remove bay leaf.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 681Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 913mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 57g

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