5 Ingredient Meatball Soup

5 ingredient meatball soup
5 ingredient meatball soup

With just 5 ingredients, in 29 minutes, whip up this quick and easy Italian Meatball Soup recipe. Perfect for weeknight dinners in a hurry and guaranteed to become a new family favorite!

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When it comes to weeknight dinners, some days you just need something quick, easy, and effortless! This meatball soup is just that.

With 5 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of cook time, this recipe couldn’t be easier to whip up in a hurry! It only requires 5 ingredients, which means it’s both easy to make and easy on the budget.

I used Signature SELECT™ Frozen Italian Meatballs from Vons as the base of this recipe. They’re delicious and key to making this recipe so easy to make!

For the base of the soup, I used a jar of O Organics® Marinara Sauce and Signature SELECT Beef Broth. This creates a flavorful soup base, perfect for simmering those delicious meatballs! I added white beans and parmesan cheese to finish off the soup with added flavor and texture.

All in all, this soup is a weeknight WIN, made possible with delicious, high-quality, and affordable ingredients from Vons!

What you’ll need

  • Frozen Italian Style Pork and Beef Meatballs – if you have a little more time, you can also make these homemade Italian Meatballs in under 30 minutes to add to the soup!
  • Marinara Sauce – feel free to use your favorite flavor of pasta sauce.
  • Beef Broth
  • Great Northern Beans
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Step by step instructions

  1. Create the base of the soup. Add marinara sauce and beef broth to a large saucepan on the stove. Bring to a rapid simmer.
  2. Add the meatballs and beans. Add the frozen meatballs directly into the simmering soup. Drain and rinse the can of beans and add them to the soup.
  3. Simmer the soup. Cover the soup, reduce the heat on the stove to medium, and let it simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Finish the soup. Use a ladle to spoon the soup into bowls and top with the grated parmesan cheese.

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Optional Additions

This soup is meant to be quick and easy with just 5 simple ingredients. However, there are so many ways that you can make it your own with these yummy additions!

  • Spinach – stir in 3-4 cups of fresh spinach during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  • Onions, Carrots, and Celery – also known as mirepoix, these veggies make a delicious addition to the soup. Start the recipe by adding 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large saucepan on the stove. Add 1/2 cup each, diced onions, carrots, and celery, saute over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes. Add the marinara sauce and beef broth and continue to follow the recipe as instructed.
  • Pasta – small shells, mini penne, farfalle, or macaroni noodles can all be added to this soup at the same time as the meatballs and beans. I recommend adding one cup of dried pasta to the soup.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – for a soup that features some over-the-top cheesy goodness, spoon the soup into oven-safe bowls, then top each bowl with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Place the bowls under the broiler in the oven for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted over the top. You’ve now created a meatball parmesan soup, YUM!
  • Red Pepper Flakes – spice up this meatball soup by sprinkling red pepper flakes on top at the end!
  • Mushrooms and Garlic – start the recipe by adding 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Add 8 ounces sliced baby bella or white button mushrooms and 3-4 minced cloves of garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes, then add the marinara sauce and beef broth. Continue with the recipe as instructed.
  • Frozen Vegetables – add three ingredients in one by adding one cup of California Style frozen vegetables to the soup. This frozen vegetable combination includes broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Simply add the frozen vegetables during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

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What to serve with it

This meatball soup can be served on its own for a quick and easy meal. Or toss together one of these delicious bread recipes for dipping in the soup!

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Q: Can I use different types of meatballs for this soup?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite type of meatballs, whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, or a combination of meats. Experiment and find the flavor profile that suits your taste buds.

Q: Can I freeze this meatball soup for later?
A: Yes, you can freeze this meatball soup for later. Cool the soup completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then heat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?
A: Absolutely! You can easily make this recipe vegetarian or vegan by substituting the meatballs with plant-based meatballs or tofu, and using vegetable broth instead of beef broth. Customize it to suit your dietary preferences and enjoy a delicious vegetarian or vegan version of this soup.

Q: Can I add other vegetables to this meatball soup?
A: Of course! This recipe is versatile, and you can add your favorite vegetables to the soup to make it even heartier and more nutritious. Consider adding diced carrots, celery, zucchini, or bell peppers for extra flavor and texture.

Q: Can I use homemade marinara sauce for this recipe?
A: Absolutely! If you prefer to use homemade marinara sauce, go ahead and use it in this recipe. It will add a fresh and vibrant flavor to the soup. Feel free to experiment with different flavors and seasonings to make it your own.

Q: Can I make this meatball soup in a slow cooker?
A: Yes, you can adapt this recipe for a slow cooker. Simply follow the instructions for creating the base of the soup in a large saucepan on the stove. Once the soup is simmering, transfer it to a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. This allows the flavors to meld together slowly, resulting in a delicious and comforting soup.

Q: What other toppings can I add to this meatball soup?
A: Get creative with the toppings! In addition to grated Parmesan cheese, you can sprinkle fresh herbs like basil or parsley on top for added freshness. A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil or a dollop of sour cream can also enhance the flavors. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your favorite combination of toppings.


Whip up this 5 Ingredient Meatball Soup for a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner. With just a few high-quality ingredients, you can create a flavorful and comforting soup that the whole family will love. Customize it with your favorite additions and serve it alongside crusty bread for a satisfying meal. Don’t forget to check out more soup recipes and culinary inspirations on Takeout Food.

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