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Family Favorite Meatball Soup Recipe

This soup takes minutes to prepare and is hearty enough for a full meal when you serve it with some crusty gluten-free French bread.

This recipe was part of a “cook once, eat twice” spread in the magazine that offered ways to repurpose your leftovers from one recipe to another. To see where the leftovers used in this recipe came from, check out this Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatball Subs recipe.

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Family Favorite Meatball Soup Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • 3 carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 32-ounce containers chicken broth
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil
  • Leftover meatballs
  • cups cooked rice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  • Gluten-free French bread for serving


  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot.  
  • Sauté onion and carrots over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  • Stir in broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, and basil, and bring to a low boil.
  • Lower to simmer and let cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add meatballs and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until warmed through.  
  • Add cooked rice, salt, and pepper.
  • Top with cheese and parsley and serve with toasted French bread, if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Family Favorite Meatball Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 431mg18%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 8410IU168%
Vitamin C 27.4mg33%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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