Italian Meatball 'n' Bean Soup Recipe

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This is a taste sensation the whole family will love.—Amanda Bowyer, Caldwell, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 529 calories, 31 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 1273 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk, and bread crumbs. Crumble sausage and turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in batches; drain.
  2. Transfer meatballs to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a thermometer inserted in a meatball reaches 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Meatball 'n' Bean Soup in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2008, p22

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