Pork Meatball and Wild Rice Soup

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Homemade Pork Meatball and Wild Rice Soup is a delicious, hearty Winter soup that’s much easier to prepare than you might think!

pork meatball and wild rice soup in a white bowl

Being a working girl, I’m all about using shortcuts when it comes to preparing weeknight dinners. Sometimes that means a little extra pre-planning and sometimes it means incorporating wholesome convenience products like Uncle Ben’s® Long Grain & Wild Rice into my meal plans.

When I’m at a loss for what to cook for dinner, my usual go-to menu is either baked chicken or fish over Uncle Ben’s® Long Grain & Wild Rice with a side of steamed broccoli—quick, healthy, and always satisfying.

On these colder, drearier days though I’d much rather warm up with a bowl of piping-hot, homemade soup or stew, wouldn’t you? Pork Meatball and Wild Rice Soup can be easily prepared after work, only requires a few basic ingredients, and is a really economical meal, as well!

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How to Make Pork Meatballs

The first step in making this soup is to prepare the pork meatballs. If you want to do some of that pre-planning that I mentioned, then making the pork meatballs ahead of time could save you a few minutes.

making meatballs for pork meatball and wild rice soup

Start with a pound of ground pork, some finely diced onion, panko bread crumbs, and an egg yolk. Mix this together along with a bit of milk and Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and salt and pepper.

You can use a wooden spoon to incorporate all the ingredients evenly. Since you’re going to need to get your hands dirty anyway when you roll the mixture out into meatballs, you might as well just mix it all up with your fingers from the start and pour a little love into the mix!

This recipe should make about 24 meatballs, give or take. If you’re pre-planning and prepping to cook the soup later, at this point you can cook the meatballs and then refrigerate them over night which will save a little time if you’re cooking after a busy day at work.

Make a Roux for Pork Meatball Soup

To prepare the roux for this soup, melt the butter and stir in the flour PLUS the seasoning packet from the Uncle Ben’s® Long Grain & Wild Rice and cook just a couple of minutes.

Gradually add the low-sodium beef broth and cook until just slightly thick. Next, stir in the cooked meatballs and the uncooked rice and let the whole batch simmer for about 20-25 minutes.

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More hearty soup recipes!

Pork Meatball & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Serve the soup topped with chopped fresh parsley and a side salad and you’ve got a delicious, wholesome dinner that tastes like it simmered hours on the stove!

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pork meatball and wild rice soup

Pork Meatball and Wild Rice Soup

Homemade Pork Meatball and Wild Rice Soup is a delicious, hearty Winter soup that’s much easier to prepare than you might think!
4 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 505 kcal


Pork Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • cup finely minced onions
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil for frying


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 4-6 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Gently combine ground sausage, minced onions, panko breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Form into 3/4-inch meatballs.
  • Over medium heat, fry meatballs in a little olive oil until golden brown (they will finish cooking in the soup). Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and UNCLE BEN’S® LONG GRAIN & WILD RICE seasoning packet until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 4 cups beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add meatballs and uncooked UNCLE BEN’S® LONG GRAIN & WILD RICE FAST COOK RECIPE. Reduce heat and cook, covered, for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add more beef broth if needed to thin soup. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


Toss in extra sautéed onions or mushrooms to the soup when you add the meatballs and rice, if you like.


Serving: 1gCalories: 505kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 35gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 2340mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword meatball, pork, soup, wild rice
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About Sheila Thigpen

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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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  1. Made this soup for dinner and it was very good. Very filling and perfect for a cold day. I will certainly make this one again.

  2. Love this soup and so does my husband. Always add gobs of extra mushrooms ’cause we can and last time used turkey meatballs. Still wonderful, delicious and comforting. Asked me to make it this again weekend. Sure can!!!

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