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Veggie Soup with Meatballs Recipe

Veggie Soup with Meatballs Recipe

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! —Penny Fagan, Mobile, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

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rwippel User ID: 4262008 230628
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

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

cruthanne User ID: 3915645 218061
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

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

mehalv User ID: 4612167 99405
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."

kristyrowe User ID: 1438959 80693
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

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

swithrow User ID: 3432317 99398
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

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

PB2 User ID: 5845824 156943
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"I made this soup with Homestyle Meatballs, next time I'll try with Italian Meatballs. I think I'll like the extra flavor. I didn't have zucchini, so I added an extra cup of cabbage. I also left out the elbow mac., because I'm trying to limit the carbs. This is my kind of soup - delicous broth, with lots of veggies."

Crystal743 User ID: 4026369 170027
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I've made this recipe several times and have handed out the recipe dozens of times - it's easy and delicous."

htrimnal User ID: 2173940 110472
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I loved that this truly is a one-pot meal. It was so simple and versatile. I mixed the veggies up some - added mushrooms and left out the green beans. I will definitely make this again, however I'll probably use regular meatballs rather than Italian. I felt like they overpowered the other flavors."

busterboots94 User ID: 3817298 100585
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

"the nutrition info would have been very helpful buster94"

renee42861 User ID: 1665565 209482
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"I'm aggreeing with Suzie and leliza. However, if you take the ingredients over to to their recipe section, there's a free recipe calculator you can use. It's been a great help to me. The recipe sounds really good and I'm going to enter it into the calculator to see what I come up with. Just reading over it I see several ways to make it healthier:

1. No salt added diced tomatoes
2. Low fat, low sodium beef broth
3. Frozen cut green beans(for time)
4. Multi gtain or whole wheat macaroni
5. Low fat Parmesan
You may even could even make ground turkey meatballs in advance and freeze them."

skhull2008 User ID: 804337 156941
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"I agree that you need to add nutrition info to your recipes. Very important to those of us trying to eat healthy.


leliza1 User ID: 3206465 172258
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"Please, please furnish nutrition info for your recipes! For those of us with cholesterol and diabetes issues [I'm borderline on both and trying NOT to have to take medication - just watch fat and sugat content], it would help greatly."

kassie13 User ID: 1388473 110469
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"You need to add nutrition list to your recipes."

bmantis User ID: 1865934 80691
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"This soup was featured in one of the magazines and I have made it several times. All comments are delicious. I find it very easy to put together."

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