Italian Meatball Soup

Italian Meatball soup

My Italian meatball soup is so good! You can make it as spicy as you like. And, one of the best things is that you empty your fridge, crisper, and/or freezer. Did you know minestrone is really just a thick soup made with vegetables that often has pasta or rice.

Often meat is added, but not necessary. This soup is called Italian MEATBALL soup. It HAS meat! That makes hubby happy!

Italian Meatball Soup 


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can drained pinto or black beans
  • 1 15-oz can drained red kidney beans
  • 1 11-oz can whole kernel corn (with liquid)
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 4-oz can diced green chill peppers
  • 1 (1.25 oz) package Taco Seasoning Mix
  • salt and pepper


  • In a saucepan, heat oil. Add ground beef, stirring to break up and cook until browned. Add beef to slow cooker.
  • Add onion and garlic to saucepan and cook until translucent. Add to slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Mix well. Cover. 
  • Cook for 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with corn chips, Mexican corn bread, sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, or other toppings of your choice.
  • Makes 8 - 10 servings

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  • Don't have any beef broth. Use bouillon cubes, following package instructions for the quantity to use for 2 cups.
  • Add any leftover veggies you have in your fridge. If you want to use up veggies from your crisper, you may need to cook the soup a bit longer to get them tender. 
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Tradition says that it was used originally to use up leftovers.

So, what's often in the crisper? Onions, celery, tomatoes, and carrots. So, these are often included.

Well, the soup below rivals any that you get in an Italian restaurant.

And you’ll feel utterly Italian doing so! In fact, it will be among your favorite Italian soup recipes! I guarantee it!

You’ll easily feed 9 - 10 people with this potful. You could cut back on the quantities, but I find it’s always great to have leftovers for the next day. Since this soup has pasta in it, it will have a tendency to become thicker as it stands. You may need to add extra liquid when reheating. 

There is not such thing as the minestrone soup recipe that all others try to mimic.

Personally, I like a bit of spice in my soups. That’s why I add the Montreal Steak Spice. You can change that and add whatever you fancy. A salt-free seasoning spice blend works. Basil is nice. Garlic or garlic powder works. Thyme is great. 

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