A Little of Everything Vegetable Meatball Soup

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Everything goes into this soup, a hearty bowl of soup that has really everything but the kitchen sink as mom use to say!

Everything but the kitchen sink vegetable meatball soup! First of all this soup is really about leftovers. We often have corn, pea's, carrots, celery, so many thing in the refrigerator that can into this soup. No rhyme or reason behind this one. Anything you have can go into this vegetable soup, not quite vegetarian, meatballs are in there too. So while you thinking about throwing out that dried out leftover corn or other perfect soup ingredients, get it together and give this a shot. Perfect for the cold weather, and a great way to get your kids to eat something good for them That's what mom did, try alphabets in this soup the kids will love it! We did growing up. Wished I had them to put  in here to show you! Have fun with this, anything and everything goes that's leftover in here! Soup's on!
1 1/2 cups white wine
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 28 oz.can peeled plum tomatoes
6 cups chicken stock (or substitute same amount of vegetable stock)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fennel optional
1 bag mixed vegetables or if you have leftovers use corn, cut green beans, carrots, pea's
1/2 cups chopped carrots
2 1/2 cups chopped potatoes with the skin on
1 large green zucchini, chopped, or substitute or mix with yellow squash
1 can dark kidney beans
1 can white northern or cannellini beans
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon  dried oregano
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped spinach
tiny meatballs ( 1/2 cup ground sirloin, add 3 tablespoons each grated cheese, Italian flavored bread crumbs and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, mix all together well. Shape into 1/2 inch round balls.
1/2 cup  ditalini, orzo or other small pasta such as acini pepe
grated Parmesan cheese

In a very large sauce pot,  add chicken broth, tomatoes, paste, wine, bring to a boil. Add the vegetables and herbs. Drop meatballs into boiling soup. Simmer on low for about an hour.  Boil pasta in salt water separately. Add at the end. Serve with grating cheese and crackers.
Nothing better on a cold day to take the chill out enjoy~!!!!


  1. Your soup looks hearty and warming. I'm wondering if you have any family recipes similar to the one my mom used to make--it was a beef soup and she used beef shinbones (which I haven't been able to find). After the soup was done, she'd take the beef out and fry it with some peppers. It was sooooooooo good and one of the recipes we never made together or discussed. I made another attempt at it earlier this week and, while the soup was tasty, it still wasn't "it."

  2. This sounds yummy! We have been living off soups I froze the last couple of weeks. Thank God for microwaves.

  3. This looks warm and delicious! Wonderful for the cold weather we are having here.

  4. I know it's breakfast time, but it's so cold, I wouldn't mind a bowl of everything.

  5. Claudia-You and I have the same idea re: the delish vegetable soup, which is also referred to, as Minestrone soup. In my previous post, I made the soup, as well, and did mention adding the meatballs too!

    We really should meat in person and cook some good Italian stuff together next year, since we are both in Florida-you are just a little north from me!

  6. I love to make this kind of soup! We call it "clean out the fridge soup" because I take whatever veggies are still usable and throw them all together with a good soup base just like you've done here. Perfect for these cold, wintry days!

  7. Ciao! This looks like a wonderful soup for a cold winter day!!

  8. Perfect weather for this. How funny are you? Not QUITE vegetarian, thanks to those meatballs!! LOL

  9. my kind of soup, rarely go by any given 'recipe' other than meat, veggies and good stock - like the meatballs - reminds me its time to make wedding soup...

  10. Nothing better than everything soup with tiny meatballs! Gosh I love those meatballs. They are so versatile and blend with almost any soup base. Can you tell how much I enjoy them lol.

  11. I love this Claudia. I take odds and ends from the end of my vegetables,make some meatballs and combine it broth and wow! Instant winter comfort. I love your tiny meatballs - you have more patience than me.

  12. I like this kind of soup too! Simple & delicious and it's perfect for the weather like this. It has been raining almost everyday over here. And it's pretty chilling at night too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you're enjoying the day. Happy Holiday to you, Claudia.
    Blessings, Kristy

  13. This looks perfect for the -5f weather we have been having here all week.Brrrrrrrr mmmmmm!


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