Meatball Soup with Tri-Colour Pasta

    2 hours

    The secret to really good meatballs is to use both beef and pork mince. This recipe makes a very robust soup, full of vegetables and pasta.

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    Serves: 4 

    • For the meatballs
    • 250g lean beef mince
    • 250g pork mince
    • 1/3 cup (45g) grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup (45g) bread crumbs
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons minced onion
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
    • For the soup
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 large carrot, chopped
    • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 7 cups (1 3/4 litres) beef stock
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 440g tinned chopped tomatoes
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
    • 185g uncooked tri-colour small pasta

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. Mix together in a bowl the beef and pork mince, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, milk, egg, parsley, garlic, pepper and onion. Roll into small meatballs, about 1 to 2 teaspoons each.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs in batches and drain on paper towels, wiping out pan between batches and adding more oil as needed.
    3. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots, celery and onion and cook until slightly softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the meatballs, stock, tomato paste, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Skim fat from surface.
    4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Stir into the soup.

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    So glad I found this recipe because we do love soups any time of year. The meatballs are so much tastier than most and I think that is what makes it so special. Thanks for submitting  -  29 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very Good! I followed the recipe exactly and only added fresh thyme. Served it with whole grain sourdough bread and everybody loved it.  -  26 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    GREAT meatballs! Put them in the oven at 350 for about 15-20 minutes instead of frying them. Also used turkey instead of beef.  -  01 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)