Italian meatball soup

Italian Meatball Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that combines flavorful meatballs with a savory broth and vegetables. Here’s a recipe for a delicious Italian Meatball Soup:

Italian Meatball Soup:


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or a mixture of beef and pork)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup small pasta (such as ditalini or small shells)
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


For the Meatballs:

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare Meatball Mixture:
    • In a bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, egg, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Shape Meatballs:
    • Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter, and place them on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake Meatballs:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and browned on the outside.

For the Soup:

  1. Sauté Vegetables:
    • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Add Tomatoes and Broth:
    • Stir in diced tomatoes, beef or vegetable broth, dried oregano, and dried basil. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring the soup to a simmer.
  3. Cook Pasta:
    • Add the small pasta to the simmering soup and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  4. Add Meatballs:
    • Once the pasta is cooked, add the baked meatballs to the soup. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to heat the meatballs through.
  5. Adjust Seasoning:
    • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  6. Serve:
    • Ladle the Italian Meatball Soup into bowls. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy your comforting Italian Meatball Soup! It’s a wholesome and flavorful dish that’s perfect for chilly days.

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