Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you’ve had all year. 

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

It’s officially SOUP SEASON! And not just any old soup…COMFORT FOOD SOUP SEASON! There’s simply nothing better than hearty, cheesy, hot soups. Nothing. Well maybe Italian food. Pasta and meatballs. So let’s combine the two and make Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup! The ultimate indulgent soup made for soup season. I could eat this all Winter long, and most likely will. It’s so full of flavor, delicious, and meant to be savored. Pick any cold day the next couple months and make yourself a nice big batch, you definitely won’t regret it! 

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

Obsession isn’t a strong enough word for how I feel about this Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup. It reminds me a bit of my Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet, so much cheese and so much flavor. The secret is in the meatballs. Not just any old meatballs…my mom’s meatballs! Heaven. We decided to prepare the soup almost like a French Onion Soup, broiled with a layer of cheese on top. I mean, can you blame us??

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

This Meatball Parmesan Soup is the kind of recipe our family will make again and again throughout the years. It’s the kind of recipe you think about and crave days after you’ve had it for the first time. Why is it always the soups that are like that?! Like Mom’s Creamy Chicken Soup, I think this is one of her best creations yet.

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

Grab lots of cheese and a spoon and get to cooking! You’re going to love this Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup as much we do!

CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all year.

Enjoy!

Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meatball parmesan, meatball soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 803 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
CHEESY MEATBALL PARMESAN SOUP is the ultimate comfort food! Hearty Meatball Parm Soup topped with melted cheese and basil just might be the best soup you've had all yea
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Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground chuck – equals 22-1½ inch meatballs
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup regular breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

For the Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar dissolved in 1½ cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz. uncooked small shell pasta or your favorite small pasta
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 baguette sliced and toasted
  • 4 cups shredded Italian cheese blend or shredded mozzarella

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  1. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl and gently mix together until ingredients are well combined. Shape into 1½-inch balls and set aside.

For the Soup:

  1. In a Dutch oven or a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, heat olive oil and butter. Sauté the diced onion until it is translucent and soft. Add the minced garlic to the onion and cook 30 seconds more.
  2. Add chicken broth, meatballs (we add them into the soup raw, without browning them. If you prefer to brown them, you can, but it's not necessary. Allowing them to cook into the soup adds some nice flavor!), crushed tomatoes, sugar water, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, bay leaves, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 30 minutes.
  3. Add the dried pasta. Simmer, and stir occasionally, until the pasta is cooked to Al denté (still a little firm) 10 minutes.
  4. Remove bay leaves.
  5. Add 1/3rd grated Parmesan cheese and stir. Cook over low heat until cheese has melted and soup has thickened.
  6. To serve:
  7. Preheat oven to broil.
  8. Place bowls, evenly spaced, on a rimmed baking sheet. Ladle soup into oven-proof bowls, and top with ¼ cup shredded cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly and melted. **Watch closely!
  9. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh basil and serve.
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 803 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 1399mg 58%
Potassium 928mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 45g 90%
Vitamin A 21.9%
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 60%
Iron 29.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

Kathryn Lysinger
When do you add the meatballs? Is the baquette just to eat separtely
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry! I fixed the recipe. In step 3. Thanks for letting me know!
Malinda Dagenhart
When and how do you cook the meatballs and when do you add them to the mix? Did I miss something?
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry! I fixed the recipe. In step 3. Thanks for letting me know!
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry, I just fixed the recipe. We added them in raw and didn't brown them first, in step 3. You can brown them if you prefer them that way, but no need to!
Elizabeth
Your Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup looks and sounds so delicious!! Thanks for sharing it! I have a question about the Meatballs...did you brown them first, and when are they added to this yummy soup :?)
Sue
You don't say how to cook meatballs and when to add to the soup?
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry! I fixed the recipe. In step 3. Thanks for letting me know!
Kandie Thomsen Blake
Where are the meatballs in your meatball soup??
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry! I fixed the recipe. In step 3. Thanks for letting me know!
      Kandie
      Thank you. I love your recipes!!
Kathy
What do you do with the set aside meatballs?
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry! I fixed the recipe. In step 3. Thanks for letting me know!
Jane P.
This recipe looks delicious! Can't wait to try!
Vishnu sahasranamam 1008
Sounds good!
Elise
I just made this for dinner tonight. I saw the post on Instagram and although I'm NOT a soup lover, the picture looked so good I had to try it. OMG, this is transcendent! My 4-yr-old, who I have a nightly dinner battle with, ASKED FOR SECONDS!!! This is nothing short of a miracle as that only happens with chicken nuggets or mac'n'cheese. I am definitely keeping this recipe on hand, and it will probably make it in our regular rotation as well, Thanks for sharing! I love it!
    Becky Hardin
    YAY! This is so wonderful! Best comment ever, and I just love when the kids love it too! Thanks for letting us know!
Barcy
It was a cold & snowy day yesterday, so it was the perfect time to try this recipe. OMG! I am totally in love with this soup. In fact, I'm eating the leftovers while I am typing this comment. I am a new reader, so this is the first of your recipes that I have tried. It definitely won't be the last! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    Becky Hardin
    SO happy to hear that! My favorite type of comment. I can't thank you enough for stopping by and letting us know you loved it. So happy to have you here!
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