Spaghetti and Meatball Soup


I first had this soup a couple weeks ago when we went to visit our friends in the mountains.  When Jessica told me she planned on making this for dinner I was excited.  This had been on my radar for awhile, I just wasn’t sure how it would go over with my husband.  I had pretty much written my 6 year old off as liking it.  I can sometimes get him to eat Spaghetti O’s, but that is about it.  He isn’t a huge fan of pasta either, so I figured I would end up picking the meatballs out and putting them on a plate for him.  Boy was I wrong!  He loved this soup.  He ate 2 bowls of it, and was asking when the next time we could eat it.

It has been hard to find a day to make soup this winter.  The weather has been so crazy and mild it just isn’t soup weather.  The day I planned to make this it was 60 degrees!  I said oh well, and went with it.  My son was so excited, and it had only been 5 days since we had it last.  It makes a ton of soup, so I ended up freezing the leftovers, so we can have it again in a couple weeks.


Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbls olive oil
42 oz chicken broth
24 oz marinara sauce
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
6 oz thin spaghetti, broken into small pieces
1 pound mini meatballs (favorite recipe, or see below)
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large pot heat olive oil.  Add onions and garlic and saute over medium heat until soft.  Add chicken broth, marinara sauce and Italian Seasoning.  Bring to a boil.  Add spaghetti and meatballs, and cook until the noodles are done.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 egg

Mix everything together and form into mini meatballs.  Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, depending on size.



  1. So, I have a secret love for spaghettios, but I feel guilty. This takes that guilty feeling away! Thanks!

  2. I am super in love with this soup. Thanks for the idea. I will certainly be making this!

  3. Perfect for a cold night!! This is one fabulous soup :)

  4. I’ve made lasagna soup, now I think I need to do this!

  5. What a fun recipe! I can’t wait to try it

  6. Huh, interesting! I’ve never had that sort of soup, but I can imagine it to be rather tasty :) Kind of a good way to enjoy the same flavors at a lower calorie version. Greta recipe!

  7. What a tasty and clever recipe – I am going to have to give this a try sometime.

  8. So this has some of my favorite things in it…how have I never heard of this soup. I cannot wait to try it. Delicious!

  9. oooh this looks good. We love soup and have it regularly during the winter months. I am always looking for unique kinds. This will go on my list to make soon.

  10. Ohh this soup reminds me of being a little kid, I absolutely love it! Your recipe sounds so deilsh! :)

  11. This is such a fun recipe. You know I love spaghetti and meatballs.. why not in soup form. :) Actually I made a meatball soup just yesterday and am posting it tomorrow. Gotta love a meatball. :)

  12. I hear you on the crazy weather! It was down right hot out here today. Even in jeans and a t-shirt I was miserable!

  13. This looks wonderful–and it’s below freezing here, so no problems gearing up to eat soup!

  14. Sounds fabulous and what a winner for your son!
    Mary x

  15. i love spaghetti, i love meatballs, + i love soup, so there’s nothing i don’t like about this recipe. it would be perfect for the rainy, gloomy day we’re having today in nashville. yum!

  16. Oh my gosh, this is a great idea. Love those flavors!

  17. What a neat idea, Erin! I WOULD have to make extra noodles for Josh and put that and meatballs aside for him but I KNOW the rest of my guys would love this!

  18. Mis in Ks says:

    O.K., you had me at meatballs. This sounds like a great soup to try. Thanks!

  19. What an amazing recipe Erin. Perfect for this weather. It was mild here today but it’s normally freezing. Today it was wet. I hate rain almost as much as snow. Lol!

  20. Delicious! I love when you find a recipe that everyone’s crazy about! Thanks for sharing and your pictures are terrific!

  21. Erin, this looks super-yummy and a perfect comfort food for my family! Thanks for this amazing post!

  22. Great looking soup, and I do love this recipe..I have feeling that it is very tasty!
    Awesome shoots!!! Have a lovely weekend!

  23. Really like this soup idea. You’ve ben busy and those granola bars sound super tasty too. Sorry just figured out why I wasn’t getting your feed, I need an assistant to keep up with the changes everyone is constantly making, lol. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  24. Wow, this sounds really good! My picky daughter would LOVE it!

  25. This looks great, Erin! I wish I didn’t like pasta, lol!

  26. Erin….what a great concept for a soup! I loved spahetti-o’s as a kid. So I think I would love this as well. Glad to have your meatball recipe, too. Since mine come out with the texture of golf balls! It’s been mild here in D.C., too. But I can eat soup any time of the year!

  27. I love that you turned this classic into a soup, perfect for chilly winter days!

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