The Soup with the Little Meatballs Recipe -
The Soup with the Little Meatballs Recipe

The Soup with the Little Meatballs

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"A relatively easy soup handed down to me by my Italian grandmother. It's great for the holidays! "

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cheese, Italian seasoning, egg and ground beef. Mix together well and form into small meatballs, no larger than 1 inch in diameter; set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the chicken broth and 2 cups cheese. Bring this to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Slowly add the meatballs, stirring gently so that they do not clump together into one uber-meatball. Cook for about 30 minutes, until beef is no longer pink and broth is slightly thickened.
  3. Add the pasta, again stirring gently so that they do not clump, and cook for about 30 more minutes, until pasta is tender and flavors are well blended. Season to taste and serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2003

The flavor is very good. Mine did not exactly turn out to be a "soup." It was more of a pasta side dish, but it was delicious, and very easy to make. To give it more of a soup consistency I would probably use half the pasta, and maybe add a can or two more chicken broth. Unless you like TONS of meatballs, then I would halve the meat. I used very lean ground chuck (93/7) so there was not a lot of grease. I added spinach to mine. I will definitely make this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 18, 2003

This recipe has good potential but I think that it should have specified to use EXTREMELY LEAN ground beef. This came out VERY VERY VERY greasy and was not the prettiest dish I've ever made. It was more of a "oatmeal" looking dish with meatballs and a lot of grease on it. My DH described it as greasy groul...which sounds just bad LOL!!! My best friend who was here to eat with us tonight thought the flavor was good but the grease had to go...with a few changes this could be a good dish! Also, I'd use about 1/2 the box of the pasta the next made our soup TOO thick! Thanks anyway Kelly, I'm going to try to make a few changes the next time!


15 Ratings

Feb 12, 2009

I am giving this recipe three stars for the meatballs only. as for the rest of the recipe, there is no "soup" to it.

Nov 03, 2009

We (hubby & I) made this last night and we loved this - we didn't know what to expect but it was spectacular! I took a lot of suggestions from other people though, we used 1lb ground beef, used more broth (and could have used more) and added garlic & onion. I also used only 1c parm in the broth. I put in a can of diced tomato and a small can of green chiles because it seemed to plain otherwise but we were amazed by how delicious it was and we'll definitely be making this again. We also fried the meatballs first - I was afraid they'd set all stuck together and also it cooked out some of the fat that way too.

Feb 18, 2003

Pretty good! I used ground turkey instead of beef (as the last time I had this, my friend made it with beef and it was VERY greasy!!), and it was so good. I think I should have used another can of broth, as there was absolutely no liquid to the soup what-so-ever. My husband thought there were too many meatballs, so next time we are only going to use one and a half pounds of meat instead of the called for two pounds. All in all, very good! Thanks Kelly!

Nov 18, 2002

My husband and daughter really liked this soup. I will be making it again. I served it with a crusty bread. Next time I am going to add a little spinach.

Jan 28, 2003

Tastes just like Italian Wedding Soup, but the added fresh parmesan cheese was a real hit with my family for added flavour! There was no leftovers. Lynda

Jan 31, 2011

I am going to use a very lean beef for the meatballs and add a vegetable as well. I would suggest that you cook the pasta seperately, drain it and then add soup into the cooked pasta.


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  • Calories
  • 701 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 146 mg
  • 49%
  • Fat
  • 40.3 g
  • 62%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 38.5 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 549 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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