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How to Make Meatball Tomato Soup

by Adrianne

Meatball Tomato Soup is made by lovingly rolling each individual meatball and oven baking them before popping into a rich tomato soup.

Get your soup spoon ready, your are going to be making this at least once a week!

Close up of spoon with meatballs above bowl of Meatball Tomato Soup

 

Here is how to make Meatball Tomato Soup!

If you have ever wanted to make Tomato Soup with Meatballs then you have come to the right place. Whether it be meatballs in tomato soup or the combination of flavours of Italian Beef and Tomato Soup. It is all about the juicy, tender meatballs, swimming in tomato soup that you have to rescue with your spoon that makes this recipe a tasty one!

Making Meatball Tomato Soup is super easy! You just make your meatballs, cook them, make your tomato soup, pop your meatballs into your soup. Then serve steaming hot bowls of Meatball Tomato Soup to everyone at the table!

Meatball Tomato Soup Instructions

  1. Roll each individual meatball
  2. Cook meatballs
  3. Make tomato soup
  4. Place meatballs into tomato soup

Rich tomato soup with beans and celery form the basis for this Meatball Tomato Soup

When I think of comfort food the ingredients that come to mind are often meatballs, pasta, cheese and tomato sauce.

I think it is because one of my all time favourite dishes uses this combination of ingredients and has always spoken to me of home, family and familiarity.

Recently I shared with you my Beef Beans Macaroni recipe which was my favourite recipe growing up. That dish is packed with strong Italian flavours with a tomato sauce, plus beef, cheese and pasta.

Long I think sometimes how good it would be to eat a hearty dish like that every night of the week. For our waistlines, however, I know it’s not possible.

Sitting and thinking about the ingredient combination often has me pondering how to make meatballs in tomato soup. The flavour, the texture and the ingredients need to be present, but I needed to find a way to reduce carbs. As good as it would be to eat pasta every night, I know I can’t do it. So I brainstorm instead.

Meatballs in tomato soup with some veggies and beans is the new low-carb comfort food!

So as much as I would have liked to make an Italian Meatball Soup with pasta, I chose not to. Shock horror I know, but stick with me friends as you are going to LOVE this Meatball Tomato Soup! 

How to make meatballs

  1. Meatballs are super easy to make.
  2. You can bake them in the oven, you can cook them on the stove or you can do them in the slow cooker.
  3. Start with a mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients and combine
  4. Roll into balls

In the same way that my spag bowl recipe would be different to your spag bowl recipe, my meatballs are probably different to yours or recipes that you have looked at before this one.

I like to keep them simple but full of taste and flavour. So I don’t use cheese or breadcrumbs (for this particular recipe).

Ingredients to make meatballs in a large glass mixing bowl

Meatball ingredients:

-beef mince (ground mince)
-Italian herbs
-onion flakes
-garlic powder
-egg
-salt
-pepper

 

Uncooked meatballs in white skillet

How to cook meatballs

  1. Preheat your oven
  2. Spray cooking oil onto the base of a skillet
  3. Add meatballs
  4. Cook until brown, turning once

Cooked meatballs in large white skillet ready to add to soup

How to make tomato soup

  1. Spray dutch oven or saucepan with oil
  2. Add celery and red kidney beans
  3. Cook for 2 mins
  4. Pour in condensed tomato soup (there is a brand in Australia called Heinz, which is insanely popular!)
  5. Add crushed tomatoes
  6. Stir through tomato passata
  7. Dollop in tomato paste
  8. Add garlic and chilli
  9. Add Italian herbs
  10. Season with salt and pepper
  11. Bring to the boil
  12. Reduce to a simmer

 This super easy recipe has great taste and flavour and is something the whole family will love!

How to make Meatball Tomato Soup

After we have made our meatballs and our tomato soup, we simply need to add the two together for our meatball soup.

I like to use a pair of tongs, pick up each meatball and pop it in the soup. There is no need to add any of the extra juices in the pan you used to cook the meatballs and this technique will keep our soup clean and free from extra oil.

Can you freeze Meatball Tomato Soup

Yes, you definitely can freeze the soup!

It will keep well in the freezer for a couple of months.

Defrost and reheat baby! (You can label your soup ‘eat me!’ so you don’t forget about it!)

Tomato Soup with Meatballs

When I think of Tomato Soup, I can’t help but visualise what a tasty bowl of it looks like. Rich in flavour, I prefer a chunky fully loaded soup with lots of texture.

As we have been taking about low-carb options like not adding pasta to our soup, I didn’t want to blow that out of the water with porcupine meatballs. (These are fun to make!) They have rice in the meatballs and when you cook them the rice sticks out at all difference angles, hence where the name ‘porcupine came from’!

That being said, I wanted to talk ideas and slight differences in recipes that people make. If you like the idea of a Tomato Soup with Meatballs, but you can’t live without the pasta or risoni in the broth. Then I would encourage you to try making porcupine meatballs as that will give you the rice tick and you can stick to the recipe for the rest of the dish.

Risoni can be added to the soup, but keep in mind this will make it a meatball soup with pasta!

It might be that you want to spice up the name of the dish a little and call it Italian Meatball Soup with Pasta and that is A – ok.

Risoni is a type of pasta that looks like rice but is much flatter in texture. In which case you could do the porcupine meatballs but substitute risoni for the rice – ‘Mama, Mia’, wouldn’t that be nice!

Creamy Tomato Meatball Soup

If you want to make your soup into a creamy version, instead of adding water to the tomato soup, add the equivalent amount of cream.

Meatball Tomato Soup quick info:

About the recipe:

  • The Meatball Tomato Soup is best served piping hot
  • Each meatball should be enough for 2 bites
  • The tomato soup is rich and thick, add more water if desired
  • You can add bacon and or pasta to the soup
  • Dried parsley and cracked pepper are perfect to garnish

Your quick questions answered:

  1. Meatball Tomato Soup is perfect to freeze
  2. You can try pork, chicken or turkey instead of beef mince 
  3. The recipe will make about 20 meatballs (with a couple of taste testers!)
  4. The chilli is for flavour, it is not too spicy
  5. This is an EASY meatball soup recipe

Comfort Food for cold nights

If a hearty meatball soup is up your alley and you are looking for more ideas from the same cookbook, check out these recipes:

Cold nights call for bowls of soup, warm bellies and soup spoons!

Healthy Meatball Soup Herbs

I have a confession to make. No matter how hard I try, I can’t grow herbs. I have tried and tried and they always die.

So my solution to my own lack of skill in that area of like is TO USE DRIED HERBS!! Trust me, they taste good, don’t worry if you think they won’t taste as good, they do! All of the herbs I used in this recipe are dried, which is also more cost effective than buying fresh herbs. Plus the taste is still action packed 🙂

View from the top down over a huge white pot of Meatball Tomato Soup

 

 

Black spoon held with Meatball Tomato Soup in it and below it in a white dutch oven

Black spoon held above bowl of meatball tomato soup

Close up of spoon with meatballs above bowl of Meatball Tomato Soup

Meatball Tomato Soup

Meatball Tomato Soup is made by lovingly rolling each individual meatball and oven baking them  before popping into a rich tomato soup.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International, Italian
Keyword: beef meatballs, cook meatballs, make meatballs,, meatballs, soup meatballs, tomato soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Adrianne

Ingredients

Meatball Tomato Soup

    Italian Meatballs

    • 500 grams lean beef mince (ground beef in USA)
    • 1/2 tbsp Italian Herbs
    • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1 tbsp onion flakes
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 egg free range

    Tomato Soup

    • 1 bunch celery leaves trimmed
    • 400 grams red kidney beans drained and rinsed
    • 700 grams tomato passata
    • 400 grams tomato soup
    • 400 grams crushed tomatoes
    • 350 ml water
    • 1 tbsp garlic
    • 1 tsp chilli fresh, minced
    • 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper

    Meatball Tomato Soup

    • 1/2 tbsp Italian herbs
    • cracked pepper

    Instructions

    Meatball Tomato Soup

    • Preheat oven to 200°c/400°F, gas 6, spray oil to coat base of French Pan. (Note 1)
    • In a mixing bowl combine beef mince, Italian herbs, garlic powder, onion flakes and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Roll spoonfuls into meatballs and place into baking dish. Cook for 15 mins, turning once.
    • Add celery and beans to a large saucepan and heat on high for 2 mins . (Note 2) Pour condensed tomato soup, tomato passata, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste over beans. Add garlic, chilli, Italian herbs and season with salt and pepper. Fill passata jar 1/2 full with water. Add to soup and stir to combine. Reduce to a simmer
    • Add meatballs to the tomato soup, disguard any leftover oil in the meatball dish. (Note 3)

    Notes

    • Note 1 you can use a lined baking tray if you don't have a French pan, or a skillet, casserole dish, baking dish etc. 
    • Note 2 I use a Dutch Oven but a large deep saucepan will do the trick (or a crockpot). 
    • Note 3 You will notice from the pan (and in my photo) that there will be a bit of oil and juicy liquids in the pan you use to cook the meatballs. I don't add this to the soup as it makes it too messy! I use a pair of tongs to add the meatballs one by one (it seems pedantic) but really, I want to keep the soup clean and healthy and it is not necessary to add this for fat or flavour (some recipes I recommend it but not for this one).
    • Note 4 Use 1/4 tbs less per relevant ingredient if you are using an American tbsp. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 918mg | Potassium: 1267mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 22.8mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 5.9mg
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    Top down view of Meatball Tomato Soup in white dutch oven

    Black spoon held with Meatball Tomato Soup in it and below it in a white dutch oven

     

    Meatballs from my friends

    Trust me when I say I know that you like to do things YOUR WAY!! You might like my recipe but want to add ingredients, remove ingredients, add other spices to your meatball mix, cook the soup a different way etc. I get it and I understand.

    So that you don’t have to go and search for recipes that might do things a little differently to me, but are on the same page (the bomb diggity meatball page!), I have a further suggestion for you.

    Cheesy Chicken Meatballs in Cherry Tomato Sauce by Kylie Archer

    Ok, so you know how we have been talking about cheese and pasta and how good that combo is? Well, Kylie’s recipe for Cheesy Chicken Meatballs in Cherry Tomato Sauce ticks that box big time. This recipe is a great example of a different cooking method for the meatballs. In our recipe we cook them in the oven and in Kylie’s, the recipe calls for cooking them on the stove top. The reality is both methods work and result in delicious tasting meatballs!

    If you want to add cheese to your meatballs, check the recipe which will show you how to do it.  This is also a great recipe for the delicious combo of meatballs in a tomato sauce which gives you an option for the pasta lovers out there!

    What’s for dinner?

    If this is a question often asked in your home, I know you will be looking for ideas to help answer it.

    Don’t worry, I have you covered.

    For ALL of the Dinner Recipes on Sweet Caramel Sunday click here >>> Dinner Recipes

     

    For further soup ideas check out:

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    I would absolutely love to see your versions of this soup recipe.

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    Adrianne xx

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    Sylvie June 18, 2019 - 10:58 am

    5 stars
    Now this is totally my kind of winter recipe – so comforting and delicious, I seriously wish I had a bowl in front of my right now!

    Reply
    Adrianne June 18, 2019 - 11:51 am

    Sounds great thanks Sylvie for your feedback, I will express post some to you tomorrow morning, Brisbane > Melbourne, should be fine!! Haha!!

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    Dannii June 18, 2019 - 12:04 pm

    5 stars
    This looks like such a hearty soup. Perfect for autumn.

    Reply
    Adrianne June 18, 2019 - 12:33 pm

    Thanks Dannii, absolutely!!

    Reply
    Kelly Anthony June 18, 2019 - 12:13 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never had meatball soup but it sounds amazing. I agree with you that there is nothing more comforting than meatballs, tomatoes and cheese.

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    Adrianne June 18, 2019 - 12:34 pm

    Good to hear we are on the same page Kelly! Cheers!

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    Tanya Schroeder June 18, 2019 - 12:16 pm

    What a hearty and delicious version of tomato soup!

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    Adrianne June 18, 2019 - 12:34 pm

    Cheers Tanya, appreciate your comment.

    Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum June 18, 2019 - 12:36 pm

    5 stars
    This soup looks amazing! It’s been raining cats and dogs here and this would be perfect for lunch

    Reply
    Nicolas Hortense June 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm

    That meatball dish looks so comforting!! Making me so hungry! Perfect winter food which means it would be perfect for the winter weather over here in Perth Australia!!

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    Adrianne June 18, 2019 - 1:14 pm

    Great to hear Nicholas. It’s been chilly in Brisbane too. Stay warm!

    Reply
    mimi rippee June 19, 2019 - 2:27 pm

    This looks fabulous. And it’s way healthier than my lasagna soup! I don’t think I’ve made a soup of any kind with meatballs. So smart!

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    Adrianne June 19, 2019 - 2:49 pm

    Thanks Mimi! Your lasagna soup sounds delicious. I will check it out.

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    Jeff the Chef June 22, 2019 - 12:42 pm

    This looks like such a thick, rich, hearty soup. I’m sure I’d love it!

    Reply
    Adrianne June 22, 2019 - 8:16 pm

    Cheers Jeff! Yes all of the above!

    Reply

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