Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 25m
Ready In

"To save some time prepare the meatballs up to a day ahead and the meatball mixture may be doubled, if you don’t use all the meatballs then freeze for another time and just drop them into the soup frozen, 1/4 to 1/3 cup dry red wine may be added to the soup… This is a thick hearty soup and a meal in itself so all that is really needed is a crusty loaf of bread on the side"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (539.5 g)
  • Calories 417.7
  • Total Fat - 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3 g
  • Cholesterol - 55.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1661.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 59.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 21.7 g
  • Sugars - 12.2 g
  • Protein - 30 g
  • Calcium - 268.5 mg
  • Iron - 9.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 33.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

For the meatballs; in a bowl combine all ingredients until blended.

Step 2

Shape into 3/4-inch balls; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to add to the soup.

Step 3

In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat (use enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pot.

Step 4

Add in onions, dried oregano and crushed chili flakes; saute for about 4 minutes.

Step 5

Add in garlic, celery, carrots and tomato paste; saute stirring for 2-3 minutes stirring with a wooden spoon.

Step 6

Add in chicken broth, tomato sauce, kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves and zucchini; return to a boil.

Step 7

Add in uncooked meatballs; bring to a simmer (do not stir for at least 20 minutes).

Step 8

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours (after about 30 minutes of cooking season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste).

Step 9

Add in cooked pasta and 1/3 to 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; stir to heat through (can add in more cheese if desired)

Step 10

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 11

Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I added cabbage and used fresh green beans cut in half and then followed the recipe. The soup was so full of flavor and extremely delicious and the meatballs were so yummy too. My husband and I totally loved every last drop in our bowls!

review by:
(17 Jan 2014)