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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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95 Responses to “Mini Chicken Meatball Soup.”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 23, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Looks wonderful! The photos look so appetizing! I love the little pasta you used, this soup is a keeper. I’m bookmarking this recipe!! Thanks!

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    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — February 23, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Yum! I love interesting takes on soups. Great recipe for warming up on a chilly day!

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — February 23, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    mmm i love italian wedding soup, what a great twist on a recipe. i have this soup and your loaded baked sweet potato soup bookmarked. :)

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — February 23, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Even with not a drip of Italian in me I want this soup for breakfast! :)
    I love soup all year round because I can be cold in an 85* room- it’s kind of my thing. So soup it is! :)

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    Kathryn — February 23, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I love those tiny little meatballs and that tiny little pasta.

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — February 23, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I love soup during all seasons too – the Husband freaks out when I make soup in the summer time, but seriously soup is an all weather food.

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    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — February 23, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    All seasons are good for THIS soup! Looks amazing!

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    Blog is the New Black — February 23, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Funny, I am trying to post all my soup recipes before the warm weather comes!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — February 23, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Loving up this soup!!

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    Simply Life — February 23, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Agreed- I definitely had a few days last summer where I would be eating soup while sweating. It just tasted soooo good :)

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    Kelly — February 23, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    I love soup and this looks perfect! I haven’t had wedding soup in a long time either! Considering it was 87 degrees here yesterday (IN FEBRUARY) soup season probably never started in good ole Austin. But that hasn’t stopped me. Even if I have to eat it naked with a box fan blowing on me. Truth.

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — February 23, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Oh I love soups like this! I bet your kitchen smelled amazing!

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    Kim in MD — February 23, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I love Italian Wedding soup, and your recipe looks so delicious, Jessica!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — February 23, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Oooh I do love a good soup, and this looks fantastic!!

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    Bev Weidner — February 23, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Mini Chicken Meatball soup tenderizes and massages my heart.

    I’m dying.

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    Abby Flynt — February 23, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    This looks delicious! Where did you have the Italian Wedding Soup? Big Jim’s is supposed to have the best. While I eat there probably biweekly, I have never actually had the soup.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 23, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Your pasta is so cute! I don’t think I’ve ever had Italian wedding soup before, but it sounds pretty good. Although I eat the bulk of my soups and stews in the colder months, I’m kind of weird in that I’ll drink smoothies year round, not just in spring/summer/’smoothie season’. Even if that means from under a blanket. ;)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 23, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    the meatballs are so freaking adorable i can’t stand it!

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    Kari F. — February 23, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Trader Joe’s has chicken meatballs, though I don’t think they are mini.

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 23, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Soup season never ends for me either. And, it shouldn’t. Soup is perfect in any weather. But, I do always pretend like we are having our first soup of the season when that first cooler weather hits in the fall. :) And, this soup will definitely be added to my list of soups to try. Delicious!

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    Cait's Plate — February 23, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    That’s funny because literally every time I eat Italian wedding soup I obsess over making it myself too (that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m actually being completely serious). You win though cause you actually did it and I haven’t got past the “thinking it” stage …yet.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — February 23, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Okay, that’s going on the menu for next week. Curses for pre-making my lunches for the next 2 days!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — February 23, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    The meatballs look so cute! Chicken meatballs soup is one of my favorite, my mom used to nake it all the time for me!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 23, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    this looks so good! And that meatball is adorable, you’re right. I’m currently addicted to soups – can’t wait to try this one :)

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    Candy @ Candy Girl — February 23, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    I made a mini chicken meatball soup recently too and loved it! Yours looks great!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 23, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I can also eat soup year round, especially when mini meatballs are involved!

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    betty — February 23, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    oh my gah.. i’m sorry.. but i love you. this looks amazing. so happy i found your blog.. maybe not so much in the mornings when i drool on my keyboard at work.

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    Chelsy — February 23, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Oh girlie, come stay at my Nonna’s house with me for a week and you will definitely want a little Italian in you! haha! Ahhhh the food. This looks amazing, so traditional, and we really do serve it in my family at weddings. No joke. I love how you did the chicken meatballs, because I have had some bad beef meatballs in my life. Thank goodness I know how to make a mean meatball! Save! This recipe is happening in my kitchen this weekend. With a bucket of Parmesan cheese. Can never have enough.

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    Cassie — February 23, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Mouthwatering. I love the combo of flavors. It looks amazing!

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    Ashley — February 23, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I love spinach in soup! And I must admit…those meatballs look pretty cute. ;)

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — February 23, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I’ve never had wedding soup!! But I’m a big fan of anything with meatballs, so I’m thinking I’d like it :-)

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    Liz — February 23, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I was looking for another soup recipe to help get us through the 5 inches of snow we’re getting today. This sounds perfect! Thanks.

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    Bakeaholic — February 23, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    This soup looks simple and delicious, especially the mini meatballs. Yum!

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    Amelia — February 23, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    My husband would be all over this dish! Better add it to the list before it warms up too much here.

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    DessertForTwo — February 23, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    DINNER. TONIGHT. FOR REAL.

    thx,
    tina

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 23, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    So I’ve made soup, I’ve made meatballs, I’m Italian and yet I’ve never made wedding soup! Ahh! Must change this asap!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — February 23, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Yum, this looks so delicious!

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    Amy @Macncheesenpeas — February 23, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    My mom used to say that if you eat something hot(soup) on a hot day, it will cool you off. I’m not sure it ever worked for me though, the logic seemed a little backwards. You can use that as your reasoning for eating soup on a summer day though!

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    Noemi — February 23, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    This sounds so delicious and much easier than I expected Wedding Soup to be! I think my husband would love this too… We’ll see if I make it in the next week or so!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 23, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    This looks so nummy. I’m Italian, so I’ve had a lot of wedding soup and most of them are not very good! This one looks so hearty and I love that you did the chicken meatballs! Nom nom nom.

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    Juliann — February 23, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    I Actually used your chicken meatballs from the chicken parm sandwich post to make italian wedding soup, I will try these too. I love Italian Wedding Soup and so do my kids which is nice!

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    • Jessica — February 23rd, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      Oh that is awesome!! Glad they worked. :)

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    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers — February 23, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Awww, prettiest little meatballs ever! :)

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 23, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Your soup looks so good and you always get great spoon holding shots…you clearly don’t drink as much coffee as I do and don’t have the jitters before picture-taking time :)

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    Katie — February 23, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Would you believe I’ve never had Italian wedding soup…ever?! These little meatballs are so adorable. I want Adrienne to eat them…cuteness explosion.

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    • Jessica — February 23rd, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      Just the thought of that made my heart explode.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 23, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I lllooovvveee Italian Wedding Soup! I say this as a non-biased (albeit Italian still) person–it is one of the best soups. Ever.

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    Kimberlee — February 23, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    This looks so good, and I love chicken meatballs!!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 23, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    Mmmm I love italian wedding soup – amazing!

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    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — February 23, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    That meatball IS so cute!!

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    Zesty Cook — February 23, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Would you believe it, I’ve never had Italian wedding soup?! Your version looks so good though that I might give it a whirl soon.

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    Jen Marie — February 23, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    I love how you seasoned the meatballs! Looks total yum.

    May make this weekend!

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