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Easy Meatball Minestrone Recipe

Easy Meatball Minestrone Recipe

"As the busy parents of two boys, my husband and I are always on the lookout for quick meals," writes Linda de Beaudrap of Calgary, Alberta. "You don't have to thaw the frozen meatballs for this satisfying soup, so you can have it on the table in minutes."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil; add spaghetti. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until spaghetti is tender. Add the meatballs and tomatoes; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 108 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 736mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Easy Meatball Minestrone

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jbweb User ID: 3201441 254759
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"Excellent recipe. Did not have stewed tomatoes on hand, so did diced tomatoes and added a teaspoon of Italian seasoning instead. Everyone loved it. Will definitely make again."

Jencooks4family User ID: 5853922 36315
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Great taste. I used bowtie noodles instead which worked out well. You could easily get away with adding extra meatballs for the meatlovers in the house. And don't forget - you don't have to thaw the meatballs which makes this extra quick."

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 55308
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"I substituted beef broth for the water, omitted the boullion granules, changed to petite diced tomatoes and used mini farfalle instead of the spaghetti noodles. One person in 15 said it was good."

debgmiller User ID: 1286001 88206
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I had this at a friend's house and absolutely loved it! However, she did not use the meatballs, but added ground beef with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. I couldn't wait to get the recipe! She also served homemade yeast rolls with it to catch all the flavor! YUM!"

rhiler User ID: 2066529 100997
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2009 Edited Aug. 9, 2013

"Delicious! I took this to a pot-luck and I had to give 4 people the recipe! I had the leftovers the next 2 days for lunch and they were just as good. I'll be making this regularly."

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