Italian Meatball Soup

Meatball Soup 1

Psssst.  I have to tell you something.

There was a time in my life when I didn’t like meatballs.

I know, I know, it’s practically un-American (un-Italian?  Let’s not discuss semantics, okay?).  And maybe it’s the fact that I now live with two guys, but at some point, I sort of turned into a female version of Joey Tribbiani.  I mean, I suppose I’ll share my meatballs with you, but I’d really prefer if I didn’t have to.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I made homemade meatballs, which I’ve pretty much decided are just about the best comfort food ever.  And since I also decided it’s probably not a great idea for my waistline to eat piles of spaghetti and meatballs every other day, I thought I’d better find some other options for using up these little balls of yummy goodness.  I mean, this soup does have carrots and spinach in it, so it’s practically diet food.

Meatball Soup 2


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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 5-10
  • 1 recipe Italian Meatballs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 32-ounce container chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1½ cups small pasta noodles, uncooked
  • 2 cups spinach, thinly sliced
  • Fresh basil and oregano, chopped, to taste
  1. Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a large stockpot. Saute the onions and garlic until translucent. Add broth, water, tomatoes and seasoning, and heat until boiling.
  2. Gently add your meatballs, carrots, pasta and spinach. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook approximately 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the vegetables tender. Top with fresh basil and oregano, if desired.



  1. Mom

    We love soup–especially in the winter. This one looks great. I will have to give it a try. The picture is awesome.

  2. amy @ fearless homemaker

    ooh, this looks yummy. you know i’m a crazy meatballaholic, so i love pretty much anything with meatballs in it. i also love that you used ditalini in your soup – great meatball soup minds think alike!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      Hee! I noticed that we used the same pasta! Great minds for sure!

  3. BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced}

    I have been wanting to try this soup since you last posted the meatballs. I’ve tried the OBB meatballs before, but not the soup!! I am definitely going to try it for dinner soon! Love the photos!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I definitely recommended it. My kiddo loves meatballs, so this was a hit with the whole family!

  4. Amanda @ foodfascinations

    This looks like a perfect autumn or winter meal. I can’t wait to try this recipe!



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