This easy Italian Meatball Soup recipe is perfect for hectic weeknights. With hearty meatballs, plenty of vegetables, and your favorite pasta, it’s a one-pot meal your family will love.
Thanks to the back-to-school season, so many of us with busy schedules find ourselves even more pressed for time. There’s shopping for clothes and supplies to be done, rooms to be organized, teachers to get in touch with and schedules to be readjusted.
Easy Italian Meatball Soup
One thing you don’t need to stress about is what to make for dinner tonight, thanks to this Easy Italian Meatball Soup Recipe that starts with fresh OR frozen meatballs.
Need a Meatball Recipe?
Here’s my meatball recipe. I make massive batches of these at a time then keep bags of frozen ones on hand for quick meals.
If you don’t have the time to make meatballs, go ahead and grab a bag of frozen ones from the store. There’s no need to defrost if you don’t feel like it — just toss them into the soup when it’s simmering. It’ll add a few more minutes to the cooking time, but you won’t have to worry about making meatballs from scratch.
Choose Your Vegetables
With plenty of vegetables and whole-grain pasta in every bite, plus a healthy dose of protein, this hearty soup is one you’ll want to make time and again in the months ahead.
I used chopped onions, potatoes, and sliced carrots. If you’re looking for a more summery soup, switch to zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.
Saute your vegetables in the bottom of a soup pot until they begin to soften then add in some minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
Add Some Stock and Seasonings
Pour in a little beef stock, an undrained can of diced tomatoes, and sprinkle with your seasonings. I used dried oregano and basil, plus a little minced fresh parsley, but you can save even more time using mixed Italian herbs.
Add Your Favorite Pasta and Meatballs
Bring the broth to a boil and add whatever pasta you’re using. Ditalini pasta is a fun one, but elbow macaroni or even orecchiette would work, too.
Add your meatballs and simmer until the pasta is done.
Then Something Green and Something to Garnish
Once the pasta is tender, stir in a handful or two of fresh baby spinach, and it’s ready to serve.
I like to garnish with a little freshly-grated Parmesan and serve more on the side because we just can’t seem to get enough cheese in this house.
Storing Leftover Easy Italian Meatball Soup
Leftovers of this Easy Italian Meatball Soup Recipe keep well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze it, too. Defrost leftovers in the fridge overnight rather than microwaving them to defrost, because that may overcook the meatballs.
Taking leftovers for lunch at work or school is easy — ladle it into preheated thermoses and pack a little container of Parmesan plus a spoon and you’ve got a delicious, easy meal to take from home.
Easy Italian Meatball Soup Recipe
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
- 2 large carrots peeled and sliced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes undrained
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced
- 1 cup uncooked pasta Ditalini or other small noodle
- 12 meatballs unthawed (see my recipe)
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves about two handfuls
- freshly ground black pepper
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese optional
- Heat the oil in the base of a soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, potatoes, and carrots. Cook, occasionally stirring, until vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add undrained diced tomatoes, beef stock, oregano, basil, and parsley to the pot. Raise heat to high and bring to boil. Add pasta, stir well, and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Add meatballs and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until pasta is tender and meatballs are heated through. (If using frozen meatballs, begin counting after soup returns to a simmer.)
- Remove from heat, stir in spinach, and add pepper to taste. Serve in soup bowls and garnish with fresh Parmesan cheese if desired.
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