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Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Guess what?

Last week, I had a cup of wedding soup for the first time in like, YEARS. That may sound crazy to some of you but wedding soup is never my first choice… probably because I have no Italian in me whatsoever. And no, I would not like any either thankyouverymuch.

But it was deee.lish.usss. All I could think about was how I wanted to make a soup with little chicken meatballs. So I did.

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

I’m cut from a simple cloth.

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Is soup season coming to a close in the next month or so? I guess for many normal people it is, but I’m not normal and I don’t have a soup season. I eat soup when it’s like 96 degrees outside. Then I hate life, but whatever. Soup is SO good.

Ew, but not with salads. Bah-lahhh. Soup and sandwiches for the win.

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

You have a meal in a bowl here my friends! You’ve got your chicken… you’ve got your pasta… you’ve got an entire brick of parmesan cheese grated on top… it can’t get much better than this.

Oh wait. Yes it can. BREAD. Warm and toasty and buttered. Yeah yeah… do that.

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup

[meatballs adapted from bite sized baked meatballs]

serves 4-6

for meatballs

1 pound ground chicken breast

1 large egg

1/4 cup romano cheese

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until just combined. Taking 1 tablespoon or so of the mixture, roll into meatballs of desired size.

for soup

2 1/2 tablespoons of canola oil

1 sweet onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

4 cups raw spinach

32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock

4 cups water

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups small pasta (I used ditalini rigati)

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add onion with a pinch of salt and stir to coat, then let cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in spinach and garlic, stirring continuously until spinach wilts. Remove from the pot and set aside in a bowl.

With the heat still on medium, add remaining canola oil. Add in chicken meatballs and cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes more. (If you make larger meatballs, you will have to cook a few minutes longer. Additionally I found it was easier to flip the meatballs with two small spoons since they are all crowded together in the pot.) Once meatballs are browned, add onion and spinach mixture back to the pot, then add in stock, water and tomatoes. Stir gently making sure meatballs have started to float. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes. Add in pasta and parmesan cheese, then cook for 8-10 minutes more before serving.

Serve with additional parm. Mmm.

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

That meatball is so cute I want to eat it.

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99 Responses to “Mini Chicken Meatball Soup.”

  1. #
    Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) — February 23, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    You know how you love bacon? I LOVE mini pasta and could it eat it 24/7! I’m definitely going to try this recipe out for the mini bites of carb heaven!


  2. #
    Margarita — February 23, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    Absolutely love this! I love to eat meatballs, but don’t like the handling them part too much. This looks totally worth handling for what I’m going to get at the end.


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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — February 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I have a soft spot for Wedding Soup. One of my best friends from when I was little, lived behind the restaurant her family owned and we would go in and they’d make us whatever we wanted and we always ate copious amounts of the most deliciously authentic Italian Wedding soup in the whole wide world. Then when we got older and discovered the bar the wedding soup lost its luster…but yeah. So good. I have to make this immediately.


  4. #
    Em (Wine and Butter) — February 23, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    For my honeymoon I had Tom Kha Gai soup nearly every lunch (in Thailand where it was like 5 gazillion degrees). My husband would tell me how sexy I was … sitting by the pool, sweating and burping my way through every delicious mouthful! This soup looks totally delicious – I cant wait to make it!


  5. #
    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy — February 23, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Love a good soup, and this looks delicious! The mini meatballs are to cute!


  6. #
    Laura — February 23, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Oh wow- that soup looks perfect for a winter’s day!


  7. #
    RJ (Kids and Cast Iron) — February 23, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    I have never had or made this soup because it just doesn’t look appealing. However, reading through what is in it, it might actually taste good. You may have pushed me to give it a try.


  8. #
    Quiche-ing Queen — February 23, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    This soup looks so delicious. I can eat soup anytime of year as well. I can’t wait to give this a try sometime. Just a friendly reminder about the giveaway on my blog for Satori Cheese. http://quiche-ingqueen.blogspot.com/2012/02/satori-cheese-giveaway.html


  9. #
    Amy's Cooking Adventures — February 23, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    This looks wonderful! Love the mini meatballs!


  10. #
    Sloane @ My Life in Florida — February 23, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    Wow this looks amazing!! I have seen a few recipes for meatball soup and wanted to try one. This one will have to be it, for sure!


  11. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 24, 2012 @ 12:27 am

    As a big fan of soup and even better, soup with meat in it, this dish looks very satisfying to me. I have never made chicken meatballs and I tend to use leaner meats, so chicken sounds perfect! Thanks for an excellent recipe, and yes, your mini meatballs are very cute. ;)


  12. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — February 24, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    Soup season never ends for me either! This looks soooo good…


  13. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 24, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Mmm…if there’s a meatball involved. I’m all over it! :D


  14. #
    Lainie — February 24, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    This looks insanely delicious! Wanted to tell you your blog is fantastic- you are so funny and I adore your writing style!


  15. #
    cecilia g — February 24, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    fantastic, believe it or not i have only just discovered meatball soups, but chicken meatballs.. wow.. c


  16. #
    Tracy — February 24, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    The meatball soup sounds so healthful and delicious!


  17. #
    Mary — February 24, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    This was SO good! I used mini ravioli’s for the win!


  18. #
    Michelle Levine — February 24, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    This looks so good right now, as I am sitting here in Boston with the cold/flu that has been going around, snow falling out my window, with a huge craving for soup. Time to go heat up soup from a can and wish it was homemade like this one!


  19. #
    Karriann — February 24, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Your Mini Chicken Meatball Soup is just the perfect comfort food! ;)

    “Spice it Up”


  20. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — February 24, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    Yum! I haven’t had wedding soup in forever! It’s one of those things I love but never make… I have to fix that.


  21. #
    Tracy — February 24, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    This is such cozy comfort food, yum!!


  22. #
    Paula Johnson — February 24, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    This was seriously good and I want to make it again and again – but can anyone tell me, if u put the pasta in dry or already cooked?


  23. #
    Dana B — February 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Never had wedding soup, but this looks awesome! Our weather is turning cooler again (I have a soup season :) and this will hit the spot nicely. thx!


  24. #
    Ashley — February 25, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    OMG I just made a very similar soup to this about 2 weeks ago. Except I used cheese tortellini and. For my mini meatballs I used spicy turkey sausage and dropped them right into the broth to cook. It gave the soup a great flavor! My family loved it! Looking forward to trying yours soon! Thanks I LOVE your site, you have the BEST recipes!


  25. #
    Tee — February 27, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I made this on Sat, it was excellent!! Thank you!


  26. #
    Lisa P — February 27, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Made this yesterday. THE BEST SOUP I HAVE EVER MADE. Even my picky hubby is in love with it. Thank you SO MUCH. I’ll be using the meatballs with pasta too for the kids. MMMMMMMMMM. U r just simply the best.


  27. #
    Linzo — February 29, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    Made this last night as it was unusually cold for southern CA….amazing!


  28. #
    Marisa — March 12, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    I made this today! So goooood! I’m a lover of Kale so I just switched it out for the spinach and put it in a little later in the simmer. Fantastic!


  29. #
    Sidney — September 9, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    This soup is SO delicious! I’ve made it twice now and haven’t been disappointed. Be prepared for a TON of soup- you may want to freeze half of it!


  30. #
    Missy — September 10, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Made this soup this weekend (just subbed ground turkey instead of chicken) and I have to tell you that we have been eating it non-stop. Soooooo good and super easy! Thanks for all the great recipes, love love your site.


  31. #
    Amanda — December 16, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it! Followed it exactly, but added a little kale, too. So delicious!


  32. #
    Madison — January 6, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    Made this tonight! Delicious! Used ground turkey instead of chicken and it worked out great. What a great healthy winter dinner!


  33. #
    Jennie B — April 3, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    Made this for dinner with barley and added mushrooms, it was fantastic!! So easy too. You the you the best!


  34. #
    Kristin — September 25, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight- we loved it! My son wasn’t feeling well and this was the perfect tummy soothing soup. I especially liked the meatballs, this will be my go-to chicken meatball recipe from now on!


  35. #
    Lindsay C — January 23, 2015 @ 9:22 pm

    I have this weird obsession with all things mini. Mini animals, babies (until they cry or spit up on me…), mini food items. Love them all. This soup was no exception! The mini meatballs were so tasty. I couldn’t find the mini pasta (sad day!) at my grocery store, so hopefully I can score some mini pasta for the next time that I make this!


  36. #
    samantha — January 31, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    Absolutely delish


  37. #
    Sonja R — March 16, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    I absolutely love this recipe! I make it very frequently for my family. Simple, and so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing!!



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