I just put the meatballs on a large cookie tray and baked in the oven at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes till golden brown. a lot easier, less of a mess and hold together better.
Great soup! I used ground chicken because it's what I had on hand, but I think ground beef would have held together better in the browning part. My husband made challah bread to go with it and it was the perfect fall dinner. I have made another cabbage roll type soup but it was too tomato-ey. This was much better and I might try doing half crushed and half diced tomatoes next time. Thanks for the keeper!