Last Updated on September 25, 2020 by Cookie
Meatball soup is an easy and good dinner option. Some tender ground meat, vegetables, and broth will make a fantastic soup to savor with love.
Soups are always a great idea when you want something warm, light, and healthy. Packed with flavors and aroma, this meatball soup is simple to make and easy to enjoy on a late evening. Make this great tasting soup with various kinds of meat, however, for today I have decided to make it dietary and opted for chicken ground meat. You can substitute ground chicken meat with beef, a mixture of pork with chicken, and even turkey ground meat.
If you are a soup fan, just as I am, then you will find this recipe really interesting and worthy.
This homemade meatball soup is a rich-tasting and comfort dish loaded with seasonal veggies and good quality meat.
It is a year-round soup to be enjoyed as it is light and easy. Not too hearty nor too meaty, so anytime you want a spoon of a cozy and warm soup make it any day at any time. This is a delicious and healthy meatball soup that is ridiculously good and easy. My family is always demanding me to make it again and again.
Meatball soup is one of my favorite soups. I really like this soup packed with lots of vegetables, and served with a little sour cream. A craziness!
Meatball soup comes together quickly, is healthy and light, especially if made with lean meat. This meatball soup recipe is from my childhood memories. My mom used to make this soup alternating with Chicken noodle soup, for years. She did these two soups quite often, and still continues doing this, on every holiday when all our big family gathers around the table.
What can be better, for a crowd-loving soup, than a warm and tasty plate of the most delicious mom’s soup? It is so pleasant and consistent that no leftover remains.
Actually, there isn’t a certain recipe for the best meatball soup as every housewife cooks its way. As my mother does, I also do not like adding rice in this soup recipe. That’s how I got used to it and that’s how I like it. However, optional and for more consistency, you can add rice directly to the soup or in meatballs.
To give this soup even more flavor, I like to boil a few bones and make stock, but it’s not mandatory. You can make meatball soup without broth or stock. If speaking about what vegetables to use, add in the soup whatever veggies you like: celery, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, potatoes, green beans, peas, parsnips, zucchini. As for me, I do not like celery in any soups this is why I skip it. But, honestly speaking celery adds a lot of flavor and aroma to any dish so I encourage you to use it.
For note: I advise you you to use lean meat as it is dietary and easier to roll because if you are using fatter ground meat you can end up breaking them while they are boiling.
How to prepare meatballs?
I like to use meatballs in many of my recipes, as they are versatile, easy to roll-up, and kids-friendly. If you want to save some time you can definitely use already ground meat. But since I become a mom I prefer to ground myself at home meat. So I know for sure what goes in it and what quality is used. I always opt for organic meat that I use to buy at a local butcher or local farmer market.
So, grab 1 lb of meat and ground it on the large grinder holes. Transfer the meat in a mixing bowl. Add one fresh egg to bind the composition. Do not add too many eggs as they will harden the meatballs. Flavor the meat with some garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Now combine everything together. You can do it with a spatula or spoon. I like to blend the meat by hand for about 5 minutes. In this way, the meat mixture is saturated air, and meatballs are even fluffier and juicier.
Now is the time to shape the meatballs. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the table. Prepare a plate with some oil right next to you to grease hands in order to avoid the meat sticking to your fingers. Use an ice cream scoop or teaspoon to perfectly portion meatballs. Dip hands in oil and roll each portion of meat into a ball. Do not worry even if they do not look perfect, they should be just round-ish. For the soup, I like to make small meatballs, they take less time to cook.
How to make best meatball soup?
Take a large soup pot and heat it with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once the oil is hot add one chopped onion and saute until translucence. Send one diced carrot to the onion and saute for 3-4 more minutes. Add 8 cups of water. As I told earlier you can substitute water with any kind of broth or stock. Bring it to boil and add 1 diced bell pepper and 3-4 cubed medium size potatoes. Let it boil at low heat for about 5 minutes.
Now is time to add meatballs. I love them so much, that is why I put a lot of meatballs in this soup. Higher the heat to medium-high and start adding gently the meatballs. When you see the soup is bubbling lower again the heat to low and let it cook for at least 10 minutes. Once you see meatballs are floating at the top try one if is thoroughly cooked.
Take the pot over the heat and add some chopped dill and parsley.
Serve the soup with some chili peppers and sour cream. For another delicious and healthy recipe, I invite you to try my Noodle chicken soup recipe, Asparagus soup, or Spinach soup. All of them are absolutely fantastic!
Light and Healthy Meatball Soup
- soup pot
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 bell pepper
- 4 potatoes
- 8 cups water or broth/stock
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- 1 lb ground meat
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Take a large soup pot and heat it with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once the oil is hot add one chopped onion and saute until translucence. Send one diced carrot to the onion and saute for 3-4 more minutes. Add 8 cups of water. As I told earlier you can substitute water with any kind of broth or stock. Bring it to boil and add 1 diced bell pepper and 3-4 cubed medium size potatoes. Let it boil at low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Higher the heat to medium-high and start adding gently the meatballs. When you see the soup is bubbling lower again the heat to low and let it cook for at least 10 minutes.
- Take the pot over the heat and add some chopped dill and parsley.
- Serve the soup with some chili peppers and sour cream.