Meatball Soup

Veal is so fantastic

This is a really quick soup to make. The meatballs can be made a couple hours ahead if needed and then added to the soup base later.

I like this soup with the vegetables intact and chunky but it can be pureed as well. To do this cut the vegetables much smaller and then once the potatoes can be crushed easily press everything through a food mill and strainer. Add the spices and season with salt and pepper before spooning over the meatballs.

Either way serve with crusty bread drizzled in olive oil and garlic.

Savory Veal Meatballs in a Vegetable Tomato Broth


  • 1 lb ground veal
  • 2 large slices day old french/sourdough bread crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Salt/pepper

Soak bread in buttermilk for a half hour. Squeeze out the excess liquid and mix all ingredients together until it forms a rough dough. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes then form into about 25 small meatballs. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to cook soup.

Vegetable Tomato Base

  • 2-4 small potatoes skinned and diced into small chunks
  • 2-3 large carrots diced into small pieces
  • 1 onion diced fine
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced into thin slivers
  • 2 tbsp oregano chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp mint chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Salt/pepper

In a large stock pot, heat two tablespoons olive oil and saute onion until it begins to turn golden. Add garlic, potatoes and carrots and stir well. Turn heat to low, cover and sweat vegetables  for five minutes. Add tomatoes and deglaze pan. Add stock and two cups water and cook on a medium simmer until vegetables are done, about 30 minutes. Add spices and season with salt and pepper. In another pot heat water with some salt. Add the meatballs and cook until done, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the meatballs and place around six in each bowl. Spoon soup over and enjoy with bread and a light chardonnay or pinot noir.

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21 Responses to Meatball Soup

  1. Clanmother says:

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  2. A_Boleyn says:

    This sounds like a wonderfully tasty soup. Just right for the fall. I’m definitely going to give it a try especially the meatballs with fresh herbs. Hopefully my thyme will be large enough to harvest by then. 🙂

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    You guys make the best meatballs. I bet this soup tastes incredible with them.

  4. Delicious soup with all the Autumn colours. I can see myself eating this in front of the fire in a couple of months.

  5. rutheh says:

    Saving this recipe for the first brisk day of fall. Mmmmm/

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    This soup sounds similar to Italian wedding soup which is one of my favourites. We’re still not into soup weather here, our temperatures are in the mid 30’s (Celsius) 95F! I’m not complaining, our chilly winter will be soon upon us.

  7. Turned the AC to the Arctic setting, did you? Or did the rain fool the body into thinking it was fall?
    Beautiful recipe. I can’t wait for soup weather!

  8. I love the simplicity of this… Looks so healthy too.

  9. Kristy says:

    Now all I can think of is crusty bread and olive oil. MMmmmm. The soup looks great too though!

  10. TasteFood says:

    Right now that looks so good. Perfect for the whopping head cold I woke up with.

  11. Ooh, yum! Delicious looking comfort food right as the weather is starting to cool off.

  12. rsmacaalay says:

    Really nice specially the use of veal for your meatballs

  13. Jen says:

    Mmmmmm looks so delish! I bet this this was so wonderful. I can almost taste it just looking at the photo!

  14. egg me on says:

    That vegetable tomato base sounds awesome! I bet some macaroni would be awesome in there. I mean, not as awesome as veal meatballs, but still. Great stuff.

  15. lvaletutto says:

    Looks delish! And a perfect dish for the cool fall days coming ahead… I wonder if I could substitute pork for veal?

  16. Carolyn Chan says:

    Wow that would be such a filling soup!

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