Meatball Minestrone Soup


This meatball minestrone is a friend and family favorite. It's even better the next day, if there's any left over! Serve with crusty bread and Parmesan cheese to top the soup.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
8 servings



  • cup milk

  • cup bread crumbs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef


  • 4 cups beef broth

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 (12 ounce) can corn, drained

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 small zucchini, chopped

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup broken spaghetti


  1. Combine milk, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and salt in a large bowl. Add ground beef and mix well. Shape into 36 to 48 meatballs.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs in batches until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  3. Combine beef broth, tomatoes, corn, celery, cabbage, onion, zucchini, wine, parsley, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large pot. Stir in browned meatballs. Simmer soup until vegetables are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Stir in broken spaghetti and cook until tender, about 20 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Use a combination of broth and water equal to 4 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
15g Fat
30g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 954mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 742mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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