Veggie Soup with Meatballs Recipe
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Veggie Soup with Meatballs Recipe

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Loaded with veggies, meatballs and spices, this meal-in-one soup from Penny Fagan of Mobile, Alabama is hearty enough to warm up any cold winter day. It’s a recipe you’ll make again and again!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups: 335 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 1295mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 9g fiber), 19g protein


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 14 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are almost tender.
  2. Stir in macaroni and parsley; cook 30 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender. Serve with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Veggie Meatball Soup in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p52

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"I was not impressed with this soup. I was lacking in flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Not only delicious, and simple to make, is so healthy that my body feels better after a bowl."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"This soup was fantastic! I loved all of the vegetables. Next time I would cut the zucchini larger or else add it later in the cooking process to prevent it from becoming soggy. I used turkey meatballs in place of Italian meatballs to save calories (nearly 100 calories per serving saved!) and found the soup to be delicious."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Loved the fresh vegetables. My kids gobbled up the meatballs especially. They thought that made it extra special."

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Loved this recipe! Even my 6 year-old ate two helpings."

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