Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a delicious rich soup that will need a longer cooking time then most soups and tastes even better the next day it's really a meal in itself, I serve it with garlic bread on the side --- to save some time prepare the meatballs up to a day ahead, the meatball mixture may be doubled if desired, 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 :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the meatballs; in a bowl combine all ingredients until blended.
  2. Shape into 3/4-inch balls; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to add to the soup.
  3. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in onions, dried oregano and crushed chili flakes; saute for about 4 minutes, stirring.
  5. Add in celery, carrots and tomato paste; saute stirring for 2-3 minutes stirring with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add in chicken broth, tomato sauce, kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves and zucchini; return to a boil.
  7. Add in uncooked meatballs; bring to a simmer (do not stir for at least 20 minutes).
  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).
  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).
  10. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.
Most Helpful

5 5

My kitchen sure smells real good today. This soup is absolutely fantastic. Delicious blend of flavors. All I can say is Wow Kittencal. I love your recipes. I followed the recipe except I had about 1/2 cup frozen corn and added that, and I added a bit extra broth. The meatballs are wonderful. I made 40 meatballs with the amount of meat mixture and added them all to the soup. This is a scrumptious soup, thanks so much Kittencal. I hope you never stop posting recipes you are wonderful.

5 5

WOW!! I consider myself really good at making soup and I think this is the best soup I have ever made. My DH agrees, such depth of flavor. I sauteed the onions slowly while I peeled the carrots and celery and then added them with the onion and sauteed them. I always do this longer than recipes call for. I thought 2 hours seemed excessive to cook everything but decided who am I to argue with Kitten so I did it and wow am I glad I did it is truly amazing. I did add the green beans in the last 20 min and spinach at the very end. I doubled the recipe and used half tomato sauce and half crushed tomatoes like the recipe suggests. I wasn't sure what to use for the tomato sauce so I used Presidents Choice organic basil and tomato, it is fairly bland. Not sure most people would need to double this recipe it makes a lot but I am glad I did. Oh also used extra broth and it was still not a thin soup. Thanks so much for this recipe. LOVE IT!!!

5 5

Omitted the zucchinis and though 5star even without, it needs the liquid. Cant wait to try with zucchini! THX!