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Sam’s Italian Meatball and Vegetable Soup

A quick and delicious version of Italian wedding soup

40 mins
14 ingredients
$2.60 / person
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Sam’s Italian Meatball and Vegetable Soup



Serves = 6

  • 500g pork mince
  • ½ a cup of breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp oregano (dried)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsn olive oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tsp chicken stock powder (salt reduced) in 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of risoni pasta
  • 4 cups of spinach

It’s this easy

  • In a large bowl combine the mince, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, oregano and parmesan
  • Once combined, take the mixture and shape into small meatballs (about the size of a cherry tomato)
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat
  • Brown the meatballs in the pot (about 4 minutes each side). If your pot is small, you can cook the meatballs in batches. Set aside browned meatballs on a plate
  • Dice the carrot, celery and onion into approx. 1cm pieces and peel and bruise (press under side of kitchen knife) the garlic
  • In the same pot, sauté the carrots, onion, garlic and celery for 5 minutes
  • Add the meatballs, risoni pasta, pepper to taste and stock to the pot. If you want to stretch out the recipe, also add 2 cups of water at this time
  • Turn the stove to high and bring the pot to boil
  • Once boiling, reduce heat again to medium and allow to cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is soft and the meatballs are completely cooked through
  • Add the spinach and stir through
  • Cook for another 1-2 minutes
  • Eat now and/or store for later in the fridge


  • Sprinkle soup with shredded parmesan when serving or add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Can also swap the spinach for kale


Nutrition information (per serve)

  • Energy (1556kJ)
  • Protein (26.5g)
  • Total Fat (16.6g)
  • Saturated Fat (6.1g)
  • Carbohydrate (26.5g); Starch (21.1g), Sugars (5.4g), Added sugars (0g), Free Sugars (0g)
  • Dietary Fibre (4.8g)
  • Sodium (346mg)
  • Calcium (193mg)
  • Iron (2.8mg)


Contains: Gluten, Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, FODMAPs.
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