This easy meatball tortellini soup recipe is a hearty soup with Italian flavors that takes less than 25 minutes to make. There is no chopping or dicing – and is satisfying as a meal. It’s an easy meatball soup recipe the whole family will love that tastes like it took you hours!
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My husband has been away for work so I’ve been taking a cooking vacation. Tonight’s dinner was a bowl of soup and a sandwich. But I wanted to make a quick but flavorful soup that both my son Max and I would like.
I remembered an Italian Vegetable Soup that I made awhile back and how the broth was so good. It tasted like a big bowl of marinara sauce.
I didn’t have much time so I just took what I had in the house and made this easy meatball tortellini soup and boy was it delicious. It was the perfect meal in a bowl type of soup which is great for a busy weeknight dinner.
Recipe ingredients I used.
The basics of this soup can all be bought at your local Aldi. The ingredients I used were frozen vegetables, frozen mini Italian meatballs, dried cheese tortellini, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, fresh garlic, salt, pepper and Italian herbs (oregano, basil, thyme).
I often have all of these items on hand for quick meals. I use the frozen mixed vegetable in soups like my creamy turkey or taco soup. And while I used frozen vegetables to make this quick and easy, you can use fresh veggies like yellow onion, celery, carrots, corn, peas, green beans, spinach, etc.
Today I used some mini Italian meatballs that I found at GFS. But when I can’t find them, I use frozen meatballs and cut them into pieces for dishes like this or use them whole for recipes like this meatball sub spaghetti squash.
And the dried tortellini are perfect to have on hand for when I don’t feel like cooking dinner. I just make some brown butter to top them and my family is a bunch are happy campers! You can also use fresh tortellini if you want.
How to make easy meatball tortellini soup.
This is basically a dump soup. No need for chopping or dicing, just dumping everything in a big soup pot and cooking your ingredients.
Step 1: Pour beef stock or broth and water into a large soup pot or dutch oven. Turn on the heat to a medium-high heat.
Step 2: Add the frozen vegetables, mini meatballs, crushed tomatoes, garlic and spices and bring to a boil. Then turn down the heat to medium heat.
Step 3: Pour in the dry tortellini and when it’s done, according to package instructions, so is your soup! Note cooking time may vary depending on the starting temperature of your ingredients.
Step 4: Garnish with grated parmesan cheese if you wish. ou could also garnish with fresh parsley or fresh basil if you wish. Serve a bowl of this with some crusty bread or garlic bread and green salad you have a meal!
Step 5: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (please scroll down to view and print the recipe card.)
Recipe Notes & Tips
- One thing I would like to note: The dried tortellini will suck up lots of broth. You might want to add extra broth at the beginning or when it’s finished if you like your soup more brothy (is that a word?).
- I personally like chunkier soups with more “stuff” than broth. However if you are otherwise inclined, just add more broth or less tortellini or cook the tortellini separately and add at the end.
- If you want to add a little spice or heat, try sprinkling a little hot pepper flakes at the end.
Substitutions for this recipe.
- frozen vegetables: I used a frozen mixed vegetable blend but you can use any vegetables you like. Actually if you don’t want any vegetables that’s fine too. I just wanted some added nutrition since this was for my son.
- meatballs: I used frozen mini Italian meatballs however you could also use Italian sausage. Just buy a few links and cut them up pieces and cook in the broth. You could also just ground beef or ground turkey. Just brown the meat before adding the other ingredients.
- tortelli: I bought a bag of the dry tortellini you can find on the shelf of a grocery store. You could use fresh cheese tortellini but you won’t need to cook those very long and frozen tortellini might take a few minutes more. You can also substitute egg noodles or any kind of pasta you like.
- broth: I used beef stock but you could use chicken broth (stock) or vegeteble broth (stock) if you wish.
- other additions: I recently made this fresh baby spinach. Add a bunch at the end and it will wilt from the heat. It adds color, bulk and good nutrition! I also sometimes add shredded mozzarella at the end and it gets gooey gooey. Sour cream will also add a creaminess to this soup. Play around!
I hope you like this hearty bowl of tortellini meatball soup as it’s become a family favorite for my family. It’s an easy dinner on those busy days leading up the holidays or during the cold weather. I like it because I always have these items on hand and it’s really easy. Enjoy!
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Easy Italian Meatball Tortellini Soup
This is a hearty meatball tortellini soup with Italian flavor. Only takes 25 minutes to make and is satisfying as a meal. Great for busy weeknight dinners.
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups frozen Italian meatballs, thawed
- 1 cup frozen mixed veggies
- 1 quart beef broth or stock
- 2 cups water
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 oz dry tortellini
- grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
- In a large soup pot add the broth, water, veggies and spices.
- Pour the can of crushed tomatoes intothe soup pot along with the meatballs.
- Bring to a boil and add your tortellini.
- Cook for the recommended amount of time according to package instructions.
- After the tortellini is cooked, add more broth or water if you wish. Otherwise serve with grated cheese.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1552mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 20g
How much is in one serving?
I’m sorry I don’t know the exact amount as this is an older recipe. I would guess it would be roughly 1 1/2 – 2 cups? Next time I make this I will be sure to measure the final batch. Hope that helps a bit.
Tara L Krische
Great recipe. I added some oil to the pan and sauteed a handful of diced celery and white onion first. Added the garlic next for about 30 seconds. Added the rest of the ingredients; my frozen veggies were peas, carrots and green beans. I added my meatballs in frozen (4 cups) and cooked them on a low boil for about 10 min. Added a 19 oz bag of frozen cheese tortellini in and boiled for a few in minutes and turned off and removed from heat and cooled. Will add a 15 oz can of beef broth when reheating tomorrow for our meal to thin out the broth. Thank you!
Hi Tara, so glad you liked it! Premade tortellini are great in soup. You can change around the vegetables as well as the broth and make all kinds of variations. Thanks for coming back to rate the recipe and share your tips!
Hi. I made this recipe for dinner today. It is delicious. It’s on my dinner rotation now.
So glad you liked it Donna!
Hi I live this soup, the thing is I made a little bit to much 😊, Can I freeze this soup? Anything special I need to do? Or Just put in a lock and lock and put in the freezer? Thank you
I Love this soup, apparently I can’t type without my glasses 😆
Haha I hear you Pam!
Pam I have never frozen this soup but I freeze a lot and I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just put it in a freezer container and that is that. Good luck!
This is my kind of meal! So easy & quick to make, and you can choose your favorite brands of ingredients! My family will think I cooked over the stove all day to make this delicious Italian Meatball & Tortellini soup!
Can this be made in crockpot for how many hours.
Hi Holly, I’m not sure because this really does not take a long time to make. I think if you do it, I would be the tortellini in maybe an hour before you want it done. Everything else should hold up but if you cook the tortellini for too long they will start to fall apart and will soak up so much liquid. Hope that helps!
Caroline | carolinescooking
This looks great – quick and easy but filling too.
Yes Caroline they were really filling….but that’s a good thing for me. 😉
Analida's Ethnic Spoon
The soup look great Denise! I love quick and easy!
I’m all about the quick and easy Analida! Thanks for stopping by.
Kristen @A Mind Full MOm
Denise, this is totally my comfort food! Love it!
I agree…total comfort food.