Meatball Minestrone Soup

December 13, 2017 by

“Meatball Minestrone Soup is a comforting meal for the winter full of fresh vegetables! The meatballs replace beans or pasta used in a traditional variation of minestrone soup for a grain-free, Paleo, and Whole30 version. Topped with fresh herbs for more flavor!”




  • For the Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 8 oz pork or turkey sausage*
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • For the Soup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 ribs celery diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped



For the Meatballs:

  • Heat oven to a broil.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together meat with spices.
  • Roll into 1.5 inch balls, and place on a baking sheet.
  • Broil for 5-6 minutes (just enough to get them browned on the outside, they can cook more later).
  • Remove from oven and set aside.


For the Soup:

  • In a large stock pot, heat your pan to medium-medium high heat.
  • Once hot, add diced onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, then add tomatoes, broth, and vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil, then add meatballs to soup.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, let cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. Season with salt.
  • Top with fresh basil to serve and parmesan cheese (optional).


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