Hearty Italian Meatball Soup
A very hearty, flavorful soup. Use whatever small shaped pasta you like.
A very hearty, flavorful soup. Use whatever small shaped pasta you like.
This was delicious. My husband, who isn't a fan of soup, said that I can make this all winter. I ended up cutting the meatballs into smaller pieces after my son tried to nab as many as possible, and I think that's one reason my carnivorous husband liked it so much. Very meaty. I tried it w/ the pasta, but the leftovers soaked up all the liquid overnight, so next day, we started over and left it out. It made me remember why I don't put pasta in soups unless guaranteed you will consume all immediately. I would cook pasta separately and add to each bowl if you want it. It was great without to me.Read More
Three stars as written when made the first time. Changes that brought it up to 5 stars for us: 1-Used homemade meatballs and shaped them extra small (Makes them easier to eat in the soup.) 2- Used frozen Normandy blend veggies instead of Italian 3- Used Pearl barley instead of pasta. 4- Added some spinach that was on its last legs in the freezer for an additional vitamin punch! Really, our changes were just for texture, on the whole the flavors stayed the same. A great starter recipe to make your own!Read More
This was delicious. My husband, who isn't a fan of soup, said that I can make this all winter. I ended up cutting the meatballs into smaller pieces after my son tried to nab as many as possible, and I think that's one reason my carnivorous husband liked it so much. Very meaty. I tried it w/ the pasta, but the leftovers soaked up all the liquid overnight, so next day, we started over and left it out. It made me remember why I don't put pasta in soups unless guaranteed you will consume all immediately. I would cook pasta separately and add to each bowl if you want it. It was great without to me.
Perfect for a cold, rainy, late fall weekday. I even made the meatballs from scratch and it still was quick. Delish. My modifications: I used 32 oz of unsalted beef stock and 2.5 cups of water. Also used fresh garlic. Ended up having to add salt at the end, but I'm okay with that, as I'm sure it's still less than what is in fully salted beef stock or beef broth. Will definitely make this again.
Had pounds of leftover meatballs from the football game and ham broth from the spiral ham that was served. What a fantastic way to revamp leftovers into something new and delicious. The only changes I made, was using ham broth instead of beef and a good dose of frozen spinach along with the other vegis. Thanks for a snow day meal
Three stars as written when made the first time. Changes that brought it up to 5 stars for us: 1-Used homemade meatballs and shaped them extra small (Makes them easier to eat in the soup.) 2- Used frozen Normandy blend veggies instead of Italian 3- Used Pearl barley instead of pasta. 4- Added some spinach that was on its last legs in the freezer for an additional vitamin punch! Really, our changes were just for texture, on the whole the flavors stayed the same. A great starter recipe to make your own!
I added an 8 oz bag of baby spinach. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Used frozen Italian style meatballs from Costco and ditalini pasta. This is super easy to prepare, kid-friendly, and tastes really good. I will certainly prepare this again. May add cannelini beans next time
Yummy soup. I had some meatless meatballs in the freezer so I used those.. they got a little soft so next time I'll try this with turkey or beef ones. I used half the amount of pasta and added salt and fresh pepper
Simple and flavorful. I used Cannellini white beans instead of pasta, a more savory brand of frozen meatballs, and Lipton Onion Soup mix. Came out great.
I used chicken broth because I did not have beef on hand and packaged precooked chicken meatballs, Italian with mozzarella from Aidells. The meatballs themselves have lots of flavor. My diced tomatoes were roasted and with garlic. I was amazed how simple, quick and delicious soup this was! Plenty of flavor, especially considering I did not have to chop and sauté to get there. I will be making this again and again. Thank you!
Awesome recipe.....thanks for sharing ...
Simple and hearty! We used one can of low sodium beef broth and one regular sodium can of beef broth and the combo seemed to have the right amount of taste while managing sodium levels for us. We also added 2 cups of fresh spinach. We used Johnsonville classic Italian style meatballs. For folks who are not experienced at cooking (like us), this is a great, easy recipe to try.
Sweet simple ease earned two stars, the grand slam fantastic restaurant level taste caught two more stars....40 minutes from "scratch" to dinner ready--THAT earned the 5th star!! Do take note: made as directed, this recipe WILL make A LOT of soup; bear that in mind when you experiment with your modifications. Thank you , Ms. Call--for sharing this recipe here!
This is a wonderful dish. The only change I made was to use low sodium beef broth and I think next time I make it I will take more time and use fresh veggies and meatballs not frozen. Love the meal so much I brought the whole family over to eat and gave my son the recipe.
Very easy recipe and the family loved it. I didn't have any frozen vegetables so I cut up 3 zucchini and added 3 carrots. I cooked the carrots first. I also added a can of white kidney beans and would add 2 cans in the future. I ran out of room in my pan so I only added 2 cups of water and it was delicious.
Ive passed it out to friends who love it also.
Made this for a community dinner for 100 and had rave reviews. Wouldn't change anything!
I made this without adding pasta and it was delicious!
This is one of the best soups that I have ever made & I’ve made a ton of soups. I make this every week to 10 days at least.I think we all make a little customary changes and I add maybe a little bit more of the Italian seasoning, more veggies, etc without a dash of hot sauce if it’s not spicy enough for you but this is not a bland soup! And I love adding spinach to it just a little bit goes a long ways. Fabulous soup. And don’t be stingy with the Parmesan!
Yummy! I sautéed fresh zucchini, squash, onion, mushrooms and celery instead of frozen In some olive oil to start. I added garlic and salt and pepper too and thought it had a wonderful flavor. I let it cook for a full hour just to increase the flavor amongst the various items. I added a fresh spinach at the end. So good, and so healthy too, I will be making this all winter long!
I made some changes. Used all beef broth, 28oz crushed tomatoes, added spinach, carrots, and zucchini. Added Italian spices, oregano, pepper and thyme.
My local grocery store did not have Italian blend vegetables so I bought Normandy blend veggies. I also let it simmer for a couple of hours - I think soups have more flavor when they simmer longer. I think the next time I make this I will add cannelini beans.
Quick, easy and delicious!
This was ok. Nothing special but no one complained and it all got eaten. I liked the idea of using purchased meatballs, because I had a package of Aidell's carmellized onion meatballs in the freezer. Because the meatballs were chicken, I used chicken broth instead of beef broth. It might have been better with beef broth so if I make it again I'll use the trader joe's party meatballs and use beef broth.
I added about 1/2 cup fresh, chopped basil. Next time, going to try adding fresh spinach.
Very good for the first Fall day here. Mostly followed recipe, used what veggies I had. Added onions and garlic and red pepper flakes, as we like spicy. Tasty.
Used plain meatballs, no Italian Seasoning, and fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Doubled the beef broth and the canned tomatoes as the broth is my favorite part. Definitely will be making this soup again.
Love this soup. Only two substitutions - what I had on hand - used chicken broth instead of beef and fresh zucchini and summer squash instead of frozen. Perfect for a quick meal after working outside in cooler weather. thanks for a great recipe, Suzanne Call. This will be made often in our house
Do not use meatballs, but Italian sausage links cut in pieces. Trader Joes meatballs were not very good.
Will definitely make this again. Like the name says, it was very hearty. Since I used 32 oz of beef broth, I added another can of regular diced tomatoes to give it more of a tomato flavor.
Super easy, tasty and hearty. I couldn’t find the pasta stars so I substituted with the alphabet pasta. Thank you for Sharing.
Cooked in slow cooker for 8 hours adding orzo the last 20 minutes.
Used Hot Italian Sausage, instead of meatballs, as we had run out meatballs and no time to make any. Did 3 cups beef broth and 2-1/2 cups water. To make it KETO friendly, used 4 cups veggies and no pasta. Seasoned as said and we LOVED it! Such a simple, but very flavourful soup. Thanks for the recipe. Will try meatballs next time.
Good soup, we made the mistake by putting too many noodles in, put in what the recipe calls for, otherwise the noodles soak up the juice.
I made it with gluten free meatballs and pasta - it was so simple and terrific.
Great recipe that uses up frozen veggies that you need to get rid of! I used frozen green beans, frozen spinach, frozen corn, broccoli and tortellini pasta. It was delish!! All loved it!
I used meatless meatballs and vegetarian broth ( my son is a vegetarian ) , fresh tomatoes, garlic and onion, fresh spinach and salt and pepper. I also used more frozen veggies. Turned out great !
Perfect recipe especially during the cold! Only subs made were chicken broth instead of beef and Italian style turkey meatballs. Thank you for sharing!
This was yummy and extremely simple to put together. Great for soccer practice night when everyone's in a hurry on different schedules.
So easy, and delicious. I ended up adding more pasta (because 3 and 5 year olds...) and we used mini meatballs!! It was perfect, the kids even liked it.
I liked the ease of this recipe. I am not a fan of the frozen precooked meatballs so bought fresh italian meatballs from the market. I feel there are better italian soups on this site so will stick with those. Not sure about the itty bitty pasta either - added no value to the soup.
This was exceptionally good. The only thing I would change is to add more pasta. Will definitely make it again.
Quick week night dinner. Whole family loves it.
Didn't have any Italian veg so just added spinach. My fussy teenager loved it !
Extremely simple, quick, and delicious
I made it as directed. Added macaroni and some more Italian spices. Loved it with home made meatballs!!!
Made this after seeing it in an Allrecipes email. It was ABSOLUTELY delicious. As good as any Italian restaurant. I made my own meatballs - preferring to know “ what’s in them “ and added a bit of red pepper flakes to bolden it but honestly- easy delicious and tastes EVEN better as a leftover. WINNER!!!!!!
Loved this recipe! I added some minced onion, garlic salt, salt&pepper, a little bit of butter, and garlic to give it some extra flavor. I love spicy food so I added some crushed red pepper to it as well. Super quick and easy and I will definitely make this again.
Doubled this but had to use way more spices. Made my own home made meatballs though. Fed 5 people well for 2 days. Yummy.
I made this as written. Needs a little something to spice it up a bit. Maybe sautéed onion? Basil?.
Good solid soup. We enjoyed the mild flavor and variety of vegetables in the soup.
Quick, easy, tasty soup. Two suggestions though: 1) replace water with beef broth to make more hearty and 2) use mini meatballs rather than regular-size meatballs.
Delicious. I added a bag of spinach and a can of cannollini beans. Great meal with fresh Italian bread.
Easy and tasty. I added a can of tomato paste because I thought it might be too thin, but I dont think it was needed. The whole family liked it. I will make this again!
Perfect day for meatball soup. I used homemade meatballs and it was amazing!
Turned out good. I had to do a few modifications because I didn't have all the ingredients in stock. It still turned out good though.
This was so easy to make, I usually do not like frozen meatballs, but they were pretty good!! You could make your own but I look for quick dinners, since I work and I am tired when I get home!! Tasted really good!!
Very tasty dish that is quick, easy with minimal clean-up. I used frozen mixed veggies that I had in the freezer , regular meatballs and orzo.
I didn't have the stars so I used veggie rotini pasta instead. Also added some bloody mary mix to give it a little zing!
Very quick and easy. I only used one can of tomatoes as my son does not like them and kept them out to add at the end. I used 1-2 small (individual) cans of tomato juice to give tomato broth.
Was so flavorful and easy to make. I ended up making it one day and we didn't eat it until the next day. The meatballs had soaked up all of that yummy chicken broth! I made the chicken broth from the carcass of a rotisserie chicken from Costco.
Added sautéed green peppers and onion that had been frozen. Makes an excellent meal by itself. Most definitely a keeper and very easy to throw together.
I made this recipe as written with the exception of adding pepper flakes to add a little zing. Everyone really enjoyed this.
While this was a simple and quick recipe, I would not make it again unless I made my own meatballs and used fresh vegetables. Also, there was a metallic taste from the canned products.
Fantastic with changes. I was nervous because I was making this for my food truck. IT IS SO YUMMY. I used 1.5 more Italian seasoning, some pepper and basil. I used zucchini, celery and mushrooms and some onion sautéed first with garlic. Then did the rest as written. My customers are really enjoying it and so am I. I also used beef broth concentrate with the water.
Easy, fast and delicious! I made it as directed except I did not have any Parmesan cheese on hand. It was so good I had seconds. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
Delicious and nutritious.
This was surprisingly delicious and so easy to make! I say "surprisingly" because for the Italian vegetables I used a Normandy blend with broccoli and cauliflower in it. I thought that sounded odd to put in an Italian based soup, but all of the textures and flavors worked together really well! I added more beef broth to mine, as well as more Italian seasoning and some frozen onion. I also used low sodium tomatos (and broth!) and whole grain mini shells to make it a little healthier. The whole gang really loved this and I will be making again!
Delicious, quick and easy as is! I did make a few changes. I used fresh, pre-made meatballs from the meat department simply because I had them on hand. I also used fresh veggies vs frozen...yellow, zucchini, fresh tomatoes (in addition to the canned, I needed to use them up), onion, green beans, finely chopped kale (a sneaky way to get in extra veggies), spinach and fresh basil. You can also use orzo or another similar small pasta. Served with a baguette with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The fam LOVED it!
Delicious. And so easy!
This is a great recipe if you're looking for a quick healthy and hearty soup! I added a little (1/2 tsp) crushed dried red pepper flakes to kick up the heat. YUM!
Was a little bland. Will try to make again with changes...
Awesome soup and love it. Lots of flavor and better the next day!!!
Very easy. Dinner was on the table well within 1/2 hour. No chopping, and minimal standing. Very Tastyas well as satisfying. It is now a staple of our cool weather meals. Dinner one night and lunch the next day. Thanks for a fine meal
This soup couldn't have been easier to make and was simply delicious. A wonderful soup that will warm you to the bone.
Not a fan. I found the broth of this soup very bland and watery. I tried to spruce it up at the end with more salt, maybe a little garlic. Still unimpressed. The only thing that IS impressive is how many 5 stars it got. The fact that it's so fast and easy is the main selling point. But as usual...anything worth doing, is worth doing right. Won't be repeating this one.
Cut the recipe in half and used bowtie pasta but otherwise made the recipe as written and loved it! Second helpings the next day were even better.
I am new to cooking and this recipe was really easy to do. Instead of the tomato chunks I used a tomato bisque and I didn't need to add the water. This was really delicious. Both my dad and I loved it.
This is such a great soup