Pasta Meatball Soup Recipe
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Pasta Meatball Soup Recipe

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When time is tight, Beverly Menser whips up Pasta Meatball Soup in her Madisonville, Kentucky home. The savory Italian soup relies on items most cooks have in the kitchen, including pasta, prepared spaghetti sauce, canned and frozen vegetables and frozen meatballs. The chunky mixture only needs to simmer for minutes before it can be ladled into bowls.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked spiral or shell pasta
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen sliced carrots, thawed
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/4 cups) equals 273 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 935 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain pasta. Add to soup; heat through. Yield: 10 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Pasta Meatball Soup in Quick Cooking March/April 2003, p14

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"This is a great soup! Easily converts to a slow cooker recipe, too; just add cooked pasta directly before serving. I tweak it by adding my own spices and a little hot sauce, but don't we all? Its also a forgiving recipe; replace veggies with what you have in your freezer or fridge."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"LOVE this soup. I left out the pasta and froze it in small containers. As I ate the soup, I would cook a little pasta and add to the hot soup. It is a hit every time I make it."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"Made this last time I travelled to GA to see my grandchildren and it was a huge success. I am down here visiting again and one of the first things I was asked was if I was going to make the meatball soup again. Needless to say, it is definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"This recipe is fabulous!! Found it 2 weeks ago and this is my 2nd time making it already! The kids love it! You can tweak it to what you have in your pantry and add seasonings to your tastes as well. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! This is a keeper!!"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"I Just made this today and it was so good. I didn't measure the ingredients, just guessed at a half portion and used frozen peas and carrots and frozen corn for the veggies. I used pinto beans because I was out of kidney beans. The meatballs added such a great flavor to the soup. I probably added more pasta and meatballs than called for."

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