A warm and comforting soup that is made in the crock pot, this Tortellini Meatball Soup can be made with ease in mind. Beef broth, tomatoes, tortellini and meatballs are the stars of this hearty supper recipe.
A soup recipe based in beef broth chock full of ingredients? Yes, this Tortellini Meatball Soup cooks in the crock pot all day and makes you home smell delicious while doing so.
This simple to put together recipe starts with already made meatballs which makes the process even more easy.
- beef broth
- tomato sauce
- diced tomatoes with chili's
- frozen sausage tortellini
- Italian seasoning
The meatballs can be a variety of frozen or homemade, though for simplicity sake, the frozen or store bought is the easiest.
To keep the cost down on this recipe, I recommend, if you have a Kroger nearby, to buy the Italian meatballs when they have them on sale for $2.50-$3.99 a package. There are 12 meatballs in each package and I used 2 packages for 24 meatballs.
The meatballs will need to be cooked prior to putting them in the soup. Again, there are two different thought on this.
If able, cook the meatballs while you are preparing the rest of the soup. Then add the meatballs when they are done cooking.
Another way of cooking the meatballs to save you time the day you are making the soup, is to cook the meatballs the day you bring them home from the store.
I do this with ground beef sometimes. When I get home from the store, I immediately cook up the ground beef and place the cooked ground beef in the freezer to make meal prep so much easier.
The same can be done for the meatballs. When you are ready to make the soup, just add the already cooked, frozen meatballs to the crock pot with the soup ingredients.
If you don't have a crock pot, this meatball soup can be made on the stovetop. Using a large stock pot, add all the ingredients to the pot, including the completely cooked meatballs.
Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and let simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. The carrots may be a bit more firm then if you let the soup cook in the crock pot all day. It is a matter of preference and time.
Spicy verses non-spicy
If your family likes a spicy meatball soup, then use the canned diced tomatoes with chili's in this soup recipe. If your family prefers a little less kick, then the plain diced tomatoes is the way to go.
Frozen peas would be an okay addition if you would like.
Yes, that would be delicious! Or, if you want, use a little of both!
The tortellini used in this recipe is a frozen sausage tortellini. I personally use Mona's as it is a staple in our area. Any brand will do.
The tortellini is a nice addition to the meatballs. However, if you prefer, you can use pasta in place of the tortellini.
To store this soup, place unused portions in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Tortellini Meatball Soup
- 6 cups beef broth
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 10 oz diced tomatoes with chili's
- 24 meatballs cooked
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 16 oz sausage tortellini
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Place beef broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, carrots in a large crock pot on high heat.
- Stir in cooked meatballs.
- Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 7. You can also cook on high for 3 hours then then turn down to low for another 3.
- 1 hour before serving, pour in frozen tortellini and stir.
- Let cook for 45 minutes to an hour.