Low Carb Dutch Meatball Soup

Low Carb Dutch Meatball Soup

This delicious Low Carb Dutch Meatball Soup takes me back to my childhood. My Tante Sjaan used to make this for us. Who doesn't love meatballs?
Course Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Dutch, Gluten Free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb
Keyword dutch, meatball, meatball-soup, meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 serves
Calories 182kcal


  • 6 cups beef/chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 celery or about 6 stalks finely diced, include the celery head if you have it
  • 1/4 cauliflower diced/chopped into very small florets
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 large zucchini zoodled/spiralised

Meatball Mix

  • 500 gms /17.67 oz minced beef or meat of choice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh/dried chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the vegetables (aside from the zucchini) and stock in a large pot and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • Mean while, season the minced meat with salt, pepper and parsley. Add the egg and mix till well combined. If the mix is a little too runny, add 1- 2 tablespoons of almond flour or almond meal-this is not necessary for all minced/ground meat, but some are wetter in consistency than others.
  • Turn the soup down to an extremely gentle simmer and form small meatballs, dropping very gently into the soup.
  • Allow to cook without stirring for approximately 10 -15 minutes until the meatballs firm up. If the soup is bubbling, your meat balls will fall apart.
  • Continue to cook for another 15 minutes on gentle heat.
  • Add the zoodles a couple of minutes prior to serving so they are still 'al dente' and noodle like.


  • I sometimes add 1 tablespoon of chia seed powder (grind your own) to the minced beef, especially if it is a bit wet, at the same time I add the egg and seasoning. Allow to sit for 10 minutes prior to forming meatballs. The trick is to ensure the soup is simmering as low as you can to stop the meatballs falling apart when you drop them in the soup.
  • For carb lovers, you can simply add peas and carrots with the vegetables, and some vermicelli. Ensure that the vermicelli is added before the meatballs are added allow to simmer gently till cooked, then add the meatballs.


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 26.3g | Fat: 6.1g | Fiber: 2.6g