Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Parmigiano-Reggiano enriches canned broth for a quick, hot, and truly delicious meal in a bowl. To lower the fat I did not put Parm in the soup when I made it but just sprinkled a bit on top

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 5- to 6-quart pot over high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onions, garlic, celery, and carrots, stirring occasionally, until onions are pale golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in broth and water and bring to a boil, covered.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté meatballs (do not thaw if frozen), turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add meatballs to soup along with beans and briskly simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and meatballs are heated through, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in spinach, cheese, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute.


Most Helpful

Loved this, especially as it relies on things I almost always have. I used my own no-sodium broth, but canned beans as I did not have time to cook from dried, and I felt this needed no additional salt. I did add pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. The picky one wanted more seasonings, but I thought it did not need it, although I might try a little Italian seasoning next time. I stirred a little parmesan into the soup, but then garnished it with big flakes of shaved parmesan, which looked pretty.

duonyte December 18, 2011

This is very good. I made half as we can never eat all that soup. It was quick and delicous. I like the simplicity of the ingredients. Sometimes I just don't feel like all those spices and flavors competing. It's nice to be able to taste each vegetable's flavor. I did not add the parmessan cheese into the soup because I was serving it with cheddar cheese toast. Thank you for a nice recipe.

Nado2003 March 29, 2011

This is is so easy and wonderful. I have made this several times over the last couple of months. DH really likes this and requests this often. Although there is only the two of us and this makes a good size pot DH likes to takes the leftovers for lunch the next few days after I make it. The only additions I have made to the recipe is to add Italian spice and additional garlic as we are big fans of lots of garlic. I have added this my winter menus. Thanks for posting. Reviewed for Green Tag month March 2010

SUGARBAKER03 March 17, 2010

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