This Meatball Soup is incredible! It’s a delicious family favorite recipe made with homemade Italian meatballs and smoked turkey sausage.
Craving soup this time of year? Learn how to make this tasty Sausage and Meatball Soup. It’s packed with homemade Italian meatballs, smoked turkey sausage, vegetables and bow tie pasta in a hearty chicken broth.
A soup with homemade meatballs
A few weeks ago, I shared my mother’s secret recipe for the best homemade meatballs. They are my most favorite food in the entire world. Every year I request her meatballs for my birthday if we’re celebrating together. This month, I turned 40 years old, so it seems only fitting then to wrap up my birth month by sharing another favorite way to enjoy her meatballs – Sausage and Meatball Soup.
Whenever I make my mother’s homemade meatball recipe, I bake a huge batch so I can freeze some to enjoy over the coming months. While most of the meatballs are the size of golf balls, I always make several dozen little meatballs to add to the delicious Sausage and Meatball Soup recipe I’m sharing with you today.
A New Take on Italian Wedding Soup
We started making this Sausage and Meatball Soup recipe a few years ago when we were trying to master the perfect Italian wedding soup. Only we didn’t stop there! We added:
- Sautéed red pepper
- Slices of smoked turkey sausage
By the way, if you love smoked turkey sausage, you’ll enjoy our recipe for Easy Turkey Sausage Quinoa!
We also threw in bow tie pasta, though you really could use any shape pasta you desire. Sprinkle the whole thing with grated parmesan cheese before serving and you’ve got yourself your new favorite soup recipe.
What you need:
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Kitchen TOOLS Needed:
These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
- Red pepper
- Olive oil
- Reduced sodium chicken broth
- Small homemade meatballs
- Smoked turkey sausage
- Bow tie pasta
- Grated parmesan
CAN I MAKE Sausage and Meatball Soup in a Slow Cooker?
Skip sautéing the vegetables and just put everything in your slow cooker, except the pasta and parmesan. I’ve even put the meatballs into the slow cooker straight from the freezer.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4 hours. About an hour before you want to eat dinner, turn the slow cooker to high and bring the soup to a boil, if possible. Then 15-20 minutes before dinner, add the pasta.
Serving Suggestions for Sausage and Meatball Soup
Sausage and Meatball Soup pairs well with a garden salad and a roll or two of whole wheat or garlic bread. It would also be delicious with Sweet and Buttery Cornbread.
How to store homemade soup
Store it in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to one week. It reheats well to enjoy a day or two later. However, I find the pasta soaks up a lot of the broth if you don’t mind a hearty, full soup.
CAN I freeze meatball soup?
Yes! If you’d like to freeze the Sausage and Meatball Soup, I would suggest separating out the portion you wish to freeze before you add the pasta. Then when it comes time to have the Sausage and Meatball Soup you’ve frozen, all you have to do is thaw it, bring it to a boil, add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage and Meatball Soup
- Chop onion and red pepper. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add diced onion and red pepper. Sauté until the onions are translucent. (Approx. 10 minutes)
- Stir in 4 cups of the chicken broth. Add chopped carrots and celery. Bring to a slow boil, stirring occasionally.
- Slice the smoked turkey sausage about 1/2 inch thick and add to the soup.
- Pour in the remaining 4 cups of chicken broth and add the homemade meatballs. Return the soup to a slow boil and stir periodically.
- Boil the soup for 20 minutes or until the carrots and celery are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour pasta into the soup and cook for 10 more minutes.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with grated parmesan before serving. Enjoy!
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Originally published on March 2015. Updated March 2018. Photos updated February 2020.