It's called a soup, but is more like a pasta dish. Serve with croutons and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the bell pepper and onion in the hot oil until the onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, meatballs, and water to the pot; bring to a boil. Stir the macaroni into the mixture and cook until the macaroni is cooked through, yet firm to the bite, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

786 calories; protein 42.9g 86% DV; carbohydrates 86.6g 28% DV; fat 31.2g 48% DV; cholesterol 145.3mg 48% DV; sodium 1441.6mg 58% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2011
Sounds like my favorite "comfort food" from my childhood. The only difference was that my mom cooked and broke up about 1 lb. of ground beef before following the rest of the recipe-- I can't wait to try it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/28/2013
This isn't so much soup as just lots of tomato with some pasta & meatballs. We're not big tomato lovers so I don't think we'll try it again. Read More
(4)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2011
Sounds like my favorite "comfort food" from my childhood. The only difference was that my mom cooked and broke up about 1 lb. of ground beef before following the rest of the recipe-- I can't wait to try it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/27/2013
This isn't so much soup as just lots of tomato with some pasta & meatballs. We're not big tomato lovers so I don't think we'll try it again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2012
This is SO good. The only changes I made were using home canned tomatoes (canned without salt) so I had to add a little extra salt and I didn't have any "Italian seasoning" blend so I used Basil Oregano and Thyme. I was a little worried it would be excessive on the seasonings but it's just right. Oh and I cut back on the meatballs a bit. I added 18 instead of 25. It's not lacking. I'm tempted to add white and kidney beans and some corn and maybe some sun dried tomatoes next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2016
To be fair I took the advice of other reviewers and added more flavor. Instead of plain water I used broth. I also used fresh basil and an extra clove of garlic. It was quite enjoyable! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2016
This was simple and a fairly quick supper to put together. I had to make a few substitutions but I don't think they made a difference with flavor. I only had a red bell pepper instead of green and I used diced tomatoes instead of crushed. I added a can of green beans for color and more flavor. I also mixed parmesan cheese into the soup. I think adding kidney beans and corn as another reviewer suggested would be good. As written it just wasn't flavorful enough for us but I was able to adjust it to fit our tastes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2018
Oh look it's Thursday! Spaghetti and meatball night! Except it's already 4:30 I don't have sauce started and no meatballs made. So I tried this and it was great! I didn't put peppers in (kids don't like didn't have anyway) deglazed the onions and garlic with a bit of red wine before adding everything else and used chicken/turkey broth. Everyone liked with crusty bread and butter will make again! I was fooled by the "4 servings" and used way too small of a pot. Use at 6 litre dutch oven! Also this is way more than 4 servings! So good thing we liked it ha ha. Edit: This freezes well without the pepper I made a batch and froze in lunch-sized servings.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2020
This is really good! Especially if you like tomatoe based soups! Seriously. A lot of tomatoe goes into this. If your family does not like tomatoes then why even try it? So very filling! Read More
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