The weather is FINALLY starting to cool down here in Charlotte which made me really happy that I whipped up this ridiculously simple meatball soup yesterday.
For those of you that have followed me for a while, you know that I’ve always been a pretty big fan of quick, easy meals (as well as meals that give me everything I need in one bowl!) but having a baby has taken me from being a fan of meals like that to it being an absolute necessity.
Because Owen is not really on any sort of schedule yet, it’s crucial that I have meals on hand that I can heat and eat quickly, because I just never know when he’s going to need to eat, be changed, need to be held, etc. These days, even being able to make a sandwich is a luxury (which is probably why you’ve seen so many pop up on my Instagram stories lately!).
Enter this super simple, well-balanced meatball soup recipe. I love soups, stews and chilis in general because they’re a great vehicle for getting a bunch of stuff all into one bowl and can keep well for the week so you have them handy for fast meals.
And this one is no exception. I took a lot of shortcuts with it (hello pre-made chicken meatballs!) and I’m glad I did because it tastes just as good as if I hadn’t and is still a wholly satisfying, balanced dish. Plus the entire thing was prepped, cooked and on the table in under 30 minutes which makes it a true star in my book!
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 celery stalks, washed and diced
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (14.5-oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
- ½ pound whole wheat penne pasta (or other type of whole wheat pasta)
- 2 12 oz. packages pre-cooked chicken meatballs (I love Aidells Italian Style with Mozzarella)
- Optional toppings: chopped parsley, freshly shaved parmesan cheese
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot
- Meanwhile, prepare carrots, celery and onion then add to the oil cooking for 1-2 minutes.
- Add broth, water, tomato paste and tomatoes stirring to combine then cover the pot and bring to a boil.
- Add pre-cooked chicken meatballs to the pot and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add pasta. Cook 10 minutes or until pasta is done.
- Spoon into bowls and add desired toppings
recipe adapted from here.2