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Pasta Meatball Soup

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 (3 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 273 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 935mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • collwill
    Oct 16, 2019

    This soup is amazing! Very versatile. You can leave out the pasta so it's less carbs and add in other vegetables. We have this soup almost once a week during the fall and winter months.

  • snker0521
    Oct 3, 2019

    I love this soup. But over the years I have been making it, I have made adjustments that suit us. We can no longer find a 14 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce in the local stores so I just dump a 24 ounce jar in and call it good. It also makes up for the beans that I don't care for so I leave out and the mushrooms that my daughter doesn't care for so they get left out. Also the pasta is whatever we have on hand and it gets cooked with the rest of the soup. I may not limit the amount to 1 cup. That will depend on how much we have.

  • NH-rescue
    Dec 27, 2018

    While this recipe is geared to making a quick dinner with lots of frozen ingredients, it works well cooking from fresh ingredients, too. We made it with homemade meatballs, steamed fresh carrots, and fresh sliced mushrooms. I like spiral rather than shell pasta because I find the shell pasty seems to hold extra water regardless of how long I drain it. Adding sausage to the meatball mix adds some spice to the recipe. Nice and hearty on a cold night!

  • HEXA
    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.

  • procookover30yrs
    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.

  • pregul
    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!

  • STE01001
    May 18, 2013

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  • dhottmann
    Jan 26, 2013

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  • luv2cook4myfamily
    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!!

  • agnes24
    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.