My Italian Meatball Soup is loaded with pasta, veggies, and scrumptious meatballs cooked in a tomato broth. Make some tonight in just 30 minutes!
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Italian Meatball Soup
This soup with meatballs is rich and flavorful without being too heavy. It’s also perfect to satisfy those pasta cravings without overindulging!
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For more traditional comfort foods, check out my chili as well as my gooey mac and cheese. Both of them are slow cooker recipes, so they’re perfect for cold nights where you don’t want to spend too much time out from under your blanket.
See our tips for making perfect meatballs in the video! Look for it in the recipe card, at the bottom of this post.
Tips and Tricks
- Switch up the meat. Ground turkey or chicken are a wonderful lean alternative, or you can try spicy pork sausage to add a little heat.
- Prep ahead of time. You can always freeze your meatballs in advance, then drop them in the pot straight from the freezer.
- Make it spicy. Include a pinch of red pepper flakes in the meat mixture – a little goes a long way!
- Don’t have Italian Seasoning? Combine the following in a small bowl for an easy substitute: ¾ teaspoon dried oregano, ¾ teaspoon dried basil, ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ¼ teaspoon dried sage.
- Stir gently! Otherwise, the delicate meatballs may begin to break apart.
A simple salad with breadsticks or garlic knots for dipping is all you really need alongside this dish.
Or, stretch your servings by enjoying a smaller bowl and a grilled cheese sandwich!
Italian Meatball Soup FAQ
Do frozen meatballs work with this meatball soup recipe?
I don’t see why not! While I’m personally a fan of making my own, frozen can work too. You may have to adjust the cooking time and keep an eye on them to make sure they’re fully cooked, though.
Can I cook my Italian meatball soup in a slow cooker instead?
Because the pasta cooks in the liquid, I don’t recommend it.
I do have a slow cooker Italian soup that has a similar flavor and plenty of veggies. Just substitute the sausage with meatballs! For the pasta, prepare some on the stove then stir it in right before serving.
Storing and Reheating Instructions
Once cooled to room temperature, transfer your meatball soup into an airtight container and enjoy within three days for best results.
Reheat in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave-safe dish until the soup is warmed through to a food-safe temperature of 165°F.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Easy Soup Recipes
Italian Meatball Soup +Video
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 celery ribs, washed and diced
- 8 cups low sodium beef broth
- 2 cups water
- 14.5 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 pound ditalini pasta, or your favorite pasta
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- 1 pound lean ground beef, 80-90% lean
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 large egg
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- In a large 8 quart pot over medium-high heat, warm olive oil.
- Meanwhile, chop the carrots and celery. Add them to the warm pot. Cook vegetables for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the beef broth, water, tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile, combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with hands to combine. Be careful not to over mix or your meatballs will not be tender.
- Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to portion, then lightly shape the scoops into meatballs using your hands to roll them. Drop them into the broth, distributing them evenly around the pot. Cover. Allow soup to boil for 5 minutes. Stir meatballs gently, so they do not break apart.
- Add pasta. Stir. Cook 10 minutes or until pasta is done. Sprinkle basil and parsley over top, stir and serve.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published January 2013. Updated and republished December 2021.
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