Meatball Soup


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Meatball Soup is a hearty and satisfying soup that is both easy and delicious! Tender ground beef meatballs, pasta, mixed vegetables and a beefy, tomato broth are cooked together to create a luscious soup that, as the saying goes, really does eat like a meal!

I love serving this meatball soup recipe with some 30 minute dinner rolls to soak up whatever I can’t get with my spoon. It is the ultimate winter meal!

Bowls of meatball soup topped with parmesan and fresh parsley.

Meatball Soup

I love making soup, and winter is the absolute perfect time to try new soup recipes! This meatball soup is fast becoming my family’s meal time favorite as it is truly belly-warming!

Meatballs are so versatile from Grape Jelly Meatballs as an appetizer to Crockpot Meatballs for dinner! And of course, they are found in soups, like this tomato Meatball Soup.

I use homemade meatballs because they taste so much better but of course you can use frozen meatballs instead if you’re short on time. If you prefer you can of course use Turkey Meatballs in place of beef.

Meatball soup being scooped with a silver ladle.

How to Make Meatball Soup

I don’t think I have come across a soup that is as easy as this one! Especially if you use pre-made meatballs (store bought or homemade)!

  1. Saute aromatics in a large soup pot.
  2. Add prepared meatballs (or use prepackaged or homemade meatballs) and broth. Simmer 10 minutes to allow the meatballs to cook and the flavors to blend.
  3. Add veggies and pasta. Cover and cook till pasta is done.

While I make these meatballs a regular 1″ size, you can most certainly make little bitty meatballs too (and make them Italian wedding soup meatball sized). I like to make meatballs in a big batch and freeze them. Frozen meatballs (either homemade or store bought) do not need to be defrosted or pre-cooked for this meatball soup recipe. 

Meatball soup in a white bowl with fresh parsley.

How Long do you Cook Meatball Soup?

Total cook time for this easy meatball soup is no more than 25 to 30 minutes! This makes the perfect weeknight meal when time is tight, or even a quickly made lunch.

Meatball soup also freezes like a dream, making it ideal for a quick meal during the busy holidays. I like to freeze it in individual servings (although I skip the pasta when freezing and add it while heating it up). 

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Meatball Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Meatball Soup is a hearty and satisfying soup that is so filling and delicious! Tender ground beef meatballs, pasta, mixed vegetables and a beefy, tomato broth are cooked together to create a luscious soup that, as the saying goes, really does eat like a meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen or homemade meatballs
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning crushed
  • 2/3 cup ditalini or orzo pasta
  • 2 cups frozen vegetables

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Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan or pot  saute onion and garlic.

  2. Add prepared meatballs and beef broth to pot and cook 10 min.

  3. Add tomatoes, seasoning, pasta and frozen veggies. Simmer covered 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 350, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 410mg, Potassium: 935mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 21g, Vitamin A: 48.5%, Vitamin C: 19.2%, Calcium: 6.5%, Iron: 13.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Hi Holly,
    I saw this recipe and would love to try it out… I was jus wondering if the meatballs need to be cooked (pan fried) or raw?.
    Thanks

    1. Hi! I was wondering if I made this with the turkey meatballs does it still work well with beef broth or should I switch to something like vegetable broth?

  2. HELLO, TO INTRODUCE MYSELF, WANDAMAE HERE, 75YR YOUNG, TRIED TO BE RETIRED BUT HAVING WORKED ALL MY LIFE, I HAVE RETAINED THE NEED FOR CONTINUED STIMULATION, SO I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE JOB OF COOK FOR THE CROWDER SENIOR CENTER. HAVING FOUND YOUR RECIPES, LOVE MOST OF THEM, FEEL I CAN USE THEM IN MY MEAL PREP AND SERVE LUNCH. I HAVE LEARNED TO UTILIZE THE SLOW COOKER, BUT NEVER THOUGHT OF A MEATLOAF, SO READY SET GO.
    THANK YOU, WM

    1. Nice to meet you Wandamae. I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed my recipes and are able to share them with your senior center. Enjoy!