Kid’s Fave Meatball Soup

Jessica Spengler soup

A bowl of hot meatball soup is welcome on rainy days! Photo: Jessica Spengler Flickr


This economical soup is a kid fave! It is a hearty soup is reminiscent of spaghetti and meatballs. You can add pasta if you want the full taste of the popular Italian dish. Try adding pasta in fun shapes, such as alphabet letters, animals, movie characters, and more. Serve the hot soup on a cold rainy day to warm everyone up!

Short on time? This is easy to do-ahead. Make the meatballs one day and simply reheat them in the soup when your day is hectic. You can even make the soup in your slow cooker. Now, you have the perfect opportunity to get out and take a bike ride with your kids!

This recipe calls for a “pinch” of dried oregano. What is a pinch? My grandmother showed me that a pinch of herbs is the amount you can pinch with your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Need less? A small pinch it the amount you get between your thumb and index finger.


For the meatballs:

1 pound ground turkey or beef, or a mixture of both

1/4 cup finely chopped onions

1/4 cup finely grated bread crumbs

1 large egg white

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Dash black pepper


For the soup:

1 28-ounce can crushed or stewed tomatoes

1 cup water

1 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar, optional

1/8 teaspoon dried basil

pinch dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix turkey or beef, onions, bread crumbs, egg white, cheese, and pepper. Form into 20 meatballs. Bake them on a baking sheet for 15 minutes or until firm.

Place the meatballs in the soup pot and add the remaining ingredients. Stir the soup gently to avoid breaking up the meatballs. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.

Divide the meatballs between the serving bowls. Pour the hot soup over the meatballs. Top with a garnish of Parmesan or cheddar cheese shreds, fish-shaped cheese crackers, or snipped parsley. A hearty bread, such as a chunk of French bread or a hoagie bun, makes a good complement for the savory soup. For a more nutritiously balanced meal, serve fruit too.

This recipe makes 2 – 3 large bowls or 3 – 4 smaller bowls. Try stretching your meal by offering a cup of soup before your meal. Studies show that people eat less when they have a bowl of soup before meals.  


When raindrops drizzle down the window panes or thunder rumbles above, a warm and hearty meal – like Kid’s Fave Meatball Soup — is the best comfort food.

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