Poorman’s Meatball Soup Made In A Slow Cooker Recipe

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Poorman’s Meatball Soup is a meatball soup slow cooker recipe. I just threw what I had in my pantry into a slow cooker. The results were amazing.  It is the perfect in-between payday type for soups.

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I had a strange Valentine’s Day. Strange but good I should say. My day started off when I went to work, yes that circus atmosphere work. I only have days left there, trust me I can’t wait.

Anyway, I walked in to work and saw the box I brought in my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes in for my co-workers. It looked very weird to me. I opened it to discover:


Someone took the chocolate covered strawberries off the cupcakes and smashed what was left. It didn’t surprise me. It hurt, but this is what I have been dealing with for over 4 years. I told you it is very toxic in that lab. Why do you think I call it a circus atmosphere.

This act of destroying my cupcakes, it screams the clique. This is something they would have done a few years ago when they were all working together. My co-workers think maybe it was either someone at midnight, which the ringleader of the clique does start at 4 am. Or maybe it was the night cleaning crew. They are saying that because when they closed at 6 pm the lab, the cupcakes were still intact. So this happened between 6 pm and 7 am.

Then something happened. My manager came out later on with a box that was delivered to the lab. She handed it to me. I thought when I saw it said FTD on it, that maybe my co-workers chipped in to get me flowers since this is my last week there. No that wasn’t the case. I got mystery flowers:



I have no clue who sent these. It had to be someone who knows where I work since they were sent to my work. I checked with a few guys, and it wasn’t them. My one co-worker thinks it has to be one of my regular patients. It is the Instagram part that has me thinking the same. I do have a few patients who follow me on Instagram and my blog.

The roses made my day. Especially after seeing what happened to my cupcakes. These secret admire flowers just made my day. If your reading this blog post, my flower sender, thank you!

 Poorman’s Meatball Soup

I admit sometimes the best recipes I come up with is when I am broke and have to make due with what got in my pantry and freezer. Hey, I do live paycheck to paycheck sometimes. It just how it is.

Anyway, I had that situation a few weeks ago. I was broke. I decided to just throw some stuff into the slow cooker and see what happens. Well, it came out pretty damn good.

Poorman's Meatball Soup pic


I have made this recipe since then a few times. It is soo good. I love how the meatballs are juicy and the broth has so much good flavor to it. Best of all it is done in a slow cooker!

Poorman's Meatball Soup pic


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Yield: 6 servings

Poorman's Meatball Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes

Poorman's Meatball Soup is one those soups that I just threw what I had in my pantry into a slow cooker. The results were amazing.


  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 4 oz mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 can Beef consomme (10.5 oz)
  • 1 can Golden Mushroom Soup (10.5 oz)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 jar Au Jus Gravy (12 oz)
  • 21 oz water
  • 1 bag frozen homestyle meatballs


  1. In a slow cooker, add veggies, mushrooms, and onion soup mix.
  2. Next add the can soups.
  3. Add the water, 21 oz is filling the soup can back up with water, like I show in the video and then adding it to crock. You want to fill the soup can up 2 times.
  4. Add the gravy
  5. Mix everything together and add the meatballs
  6. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  7. Serve it up and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530

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  • Mike T
    February 14, 2017

    Wow.. That is so wrong what they did to you there. There are few things more intimate and personal (okay–that people do with their clothes on!) than preparing food for someone, because the cook always leaves some essence of themselves in their product. To take a treat, and not only disrespect you for making it, but also your co-workers by taking it away from them, is seriously messed up. That and those cupcakes looked amazing in the pictures you took.

    At least you had SOMETHING go right for you at work! I think it’s safe to say your mystery sender reads your blog too, if they said to post a picture of them.

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 22, 2017

      There was lots of childish things that happened there. Since I started the new position, my mom even said the tone in my voice sounds more relaxed. I will miss some co-workers, the clique not so much 🙂 Thank you!

  • Tara
    February 22, 2017

    So sorry about your cupcakes 🙁 Glad the flowers helped cheer you up. This soup looks delicious. I love recipes that use up pantry ingredients.

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 22, 2017

      Thank you. They were good too. If you dont want the cake part, throw it away. The flowers was so sweet, I still have no idea who sent them!
      I love pantry recipes myself! Thank you!

  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    February 22, 2017

    Yikes, what a toxic environment…I’m glad to hear that you’re getting out of there. But hooray for beautiful roses and a comforting bowl of soup!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 22, 2017

      It was very toxic there. I am so glad I am not in that environment anymore! I still have no idea who sent the flowers, but so glad they did! Thank you!

  • Elizabeth
    February 22, 2017

    Oh how wonderful to have received mystery flowers on Valentine’s Day! 🙂 Loving the sound of your soup too. I agree, sometimes the best recipes are created with the scraps left in the back of the cupboard/fridge!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 22, 2017

      It was great, I am grateful to whoever sent them, they really made a bad day great. Thank you so much, It is amazing with what we can do with what we have on hand!

  • Meeta
    February 22, 2017

    Some very nasty vibes in your workplace. I truly believe that Karma is a bitch and she is always waiting just around the corner. At the same time very happy that the day ended with a nice surprise and those flowers. How exciting. We love our meatballs here and this looks like and exceptional soup!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 22, 2017

      I agree about karma! She does show her head. We have to see what will happen at my old lab now that I have left it. Everything happens for a reason, so my mystery flowers came at the right time for me 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    February 22, 2017

    This recipe looks hearty and filling and on a budget too. The slow cooker is great for soups

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 22, 2017

      Thank you so much. I love using my slow cooker for soups!