Homemade Italian Meatball Soup

There are times when you feel the need to eat a light food, for these occasions I believe this is the suitable dish full of old memories you need.

Italian meatball soup with small pasta in a nice warm vegetable broth.

Yes, this is a traditional homemade Italian dish to pamper yourself.

And what about using the vegetable meatballs broth to season some pasta?

This is how to make meatballs making a broth and pasta sauce at the same time, instead of making the classic tomato sauce.

Italian Meatball Soup

Italian Meatball Soup


  •  1 lb (450g) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 3 slices of sandwich loaf
  • 2 oz (60g) grated pecorino
  • 1 cup (230ml) milk
  • bunch of parsley
  • 1 onion
  • bunch of celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 2 stock cubes
  • salt

Preparation: about 40 minutes

  1. Put in a bowl the ground beef, the white bread soaked in milk and wrung out, grated pecorino cheese, egg and finely chopped parsley.
  2. Mix and add a pinch of salt.
  3. Shape into small round balls, rolling between your palms.
  4. Put in a pot the carrot, celery, onion and chopped tomatoes, add 2 classic stock cubes in 2 pt (1 lt) of water. Bring to a boil.
  5. After about 10 minutes add the meatballs in the boiling broth and simmer very slowly for about another 20 minutes.
  6. Arrange the meatballs on a serving platter, adding the filtrate broth. Move the vegetables to a blender or food mill to obtain a sauce that you'll use to season broth and pasta.
Meatball Soup Steps 1 - 2 - 3
Meatball Soup Steps 4 - 5 - 6

Small pasta shape are recommended for this recipe.

Italian Meatball Soup with Small Pasta Shape

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