Winter Albondigas – a Mexican flavored soup with butternut squash, meatballs, and shredded cabbage. A quick and delicious soup ready in less than 45 minutes that is Paleo, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30!

Dinner time at our house has gotten…interesting.

Interesting is the nice way to put it. I’d actually call it chaotic.

Josh goes down for an evening nap around 4:30pm, if he’s being perfect for me. But sometimes he won’t fall asleep until closer to 5:00pm. And most likely he won’t want to sleep unless I am holding him the whole time.

Winter Albondigas with Shredded Cabbage - a paleo, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 soup dinner!

Shawn comes home from work for dinner for 30 minutes at 5:30pm.

On good days, I have a good hour to cook dinner while Josh is asleep in his bassinet. On crazy days, I have maybe 30 minutes to make dinner WHILE I’m holding Josh. It feels like there are a lot more crazy days than good days.

Did I mention Josh eats again at 6:00pm? 5:00-6:00pm can feel like the perfect storm of juggling naps and food for all of us. Usually ending with me eating a cold dinner.

Winter Albondigas with Shredded Cabbage - a paleo, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 soup dinner!

On one particularly insane day, I had no dinner planned, and nothing in the fridge to cook for us. Which meant I would have to actually go to the grocery store, on a rainy day, with a baby. No!

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Winter Albondigas with Shredded Cabbage - a paleo, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 soup dinner!

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Winter Albondigas with Shredded Cabbage - a paleo, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 soup dinner!

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Winter Albondigas with Shredded Cabbage - a paloe, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 soup dinner!

In the meantime, you can make this delicious winter albondigas soup with shredded cabbage tonight! This soup is full of Mexican flavor, and packed with winter vegetables. The carrots, onions and butternut squash get nice and tender in the soup, and then you top it with fresh, crunchy cabbage. The broth is delicious. But the best part of albondigas is the pork and beef meatballs, so tender and juicy. I love my albondigas topped with tons of cilantro and fresh lime juice.

With how tasty this soup is, you would never guess this soup is as healthy as can be. Dairy free, gluten free, paleo and Whole30!

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Winter Albondigas Soup with Shredded Cabbage

  • Author: Tastes Lovely
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 1x


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 3/4 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper



  • 4 ounces napa cabbage, sliced
  • chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges



  1. In a sauce pot over medium-high heat, warm olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onions, carrots, and squash. Season with salt and pepper and cover, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to soften, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste, stirring to coat the vegetables. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the soup slightly thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and pork. Add the egg, spices, salt, pepper and cilantro. Mix well until combined.
  2. Using wet hands, form the meatball mixture into 2-inch diameter balls. Makes about 16 meatballs.
  3. Add the meatballs to the soup. Bring the soup back to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the meatballs are just slightly pink in the center, 5 to 7 minutes.


  1. Serve the soup warm and top with cilantro and cabbage. Serve with lime wedges.


recipe via SunBasket

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins

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