Tomato Meatball Soup

Do any of you practice “Freezer Cooking”? It’s when you cook or prep meals, freeze them and then you have homemade, tasty food conveniently ready at your fingertips. This is such a cool option for our busy schedules. There are several meals that I prepare this way, since not all types of food will survive being frozen and then reheated and keep the same fresh quality. Some foods are perfect though.

It’s also a great way to show others your care and support by giving them some ready dinners. Families who just had babies, busy moms, grandparents, or families who are dealing with illness in the family. My brother, Mark, is a young bachelor and lives on his own. I recently made a huge pot of this soup and shared some with him. It was enough for me to reheat on days that I’m working or just don’t feel like cooking and Mark can enjoy some homemade food too.

I was surprised how easy this soup was to make and both my husband and I were absolutely in love with the flavor. It’s homey, comforting and light at the same time. With a tomato based broth and small cubes of carrots and celery this soup has tender chicken meatballs and small ditalini pasta. I freeze this soup in 1 quart take out containers and you should get about 5 quarts of this soup. Simply unthaw it in the refrigerator the night before and then reheat. Add more broth to the soup if you like it to be thinner. Garnish with some fresh herbs and parmesan cheese, and serve with some crunchy Garlic Bread.

Chop the onions, carrots and celery into a small dice. Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a medium-large pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery and minced garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, covered, until the vegetables are softened. Add the broth. Puree the diced tomatoes in a food processor (or blender) and add to the soup (with the tomato liquid). Bring the soup to a boil.

Meanwhile, make the meatballs. Toast the bread (I use Italian bread) and soak in the milk for a few minutes. Pulse in the food processor and add to the ground chicken. Add the egg, salt and pepper. You can also add a very small onion, chopped finely, grated on a box grater, or pureed in the food processor. You can also add some grated parmesan cheese and minced parsley.  Moisten your hands with water and form tiny little meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon.Drop the meatballs into the simmering soup. Add the pasta and cook until pasta it’s as tender as you like.  If you’re going to freeze the soup, cook the pasta only until aldente, since the pasta will plump up more if it’s frozen and then reheated again. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh minced parsley and/or basil.

Do any of you do “Freezer Cooking”? What are your favorite meals to make this way? I need more ideas, since we will be adopting 2 little ones soon and I want to stock up my freezer before we bring them home. By the way, if you want to find out more about our adoption, visit our adoption blog:).

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Tomato Meatball Soup

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By olgak7 Published: August 13, 2012

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20-30 mins
  • Ready In: 35 mins

Do any of you practice "Freezer Cooking"? It's when you cook or prep meals, freeze them and then you have homemade, tasty food …

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chop the onions, carrots and celery into a small dice. Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a medium-large pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery and minced garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, covered, until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Add the broth. Puree the diced tomatoes in a food processor (or blender) and add to the soup (with the tomato liquid). Bring the soup to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, make the meatballs. Toast the bread (I use Italian bread) and soak in the milk for a few minutes. Pulse in the food processor and add to the ground chicken. Add the egg, salt and pepper. You can also add a very small onion, chopped finely, grated on a box grater, or pureed in the food processor. You can also add some grated parmesan cheese and minced parsley.
  4. Moisten your hands with water and form tiny little meatballs, about 1 Tablespoon. Drop the meatballs into the simmering soup.
  5. Add the pasta and cook until pasta it's as tender as you like. If you're going to freeze the soup, cook the pasta only until aldente, since the pasta will plump up more if it's frozen and then reheated again.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh minced parsley and/or basil.

Comments

  1. Tina says

    This looks fabulous!!! I love soups and on the way to try this one out. Thank you so much for such a great recipe. Blessings!

  2. Olga Vorobey says

    Olga, I made this soup today since the weather isn’t so great..Soup sounds really good for this type of weather….The soup is really good and fast to make…I was just wondering how much pasta to add because it was not on the recipe? Thanks Olga and God Bless you in all that you do…

    • says

      Sorry about that Olga! It’s one cup. I just added it to the recipe. I’m using a new way of writing in the recipe. It’s much more convenient to print, but it’s a lot easier for me to miss something:) Enjoy the soup. My husband really likes it.

  3. Alla says

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was very good and hearty but light at the same time. I also put some heavy cream in it at the end to make it a little creamy. Very good. Thank you!

  4. Alla says

    Made this soup twice now. My husband loves soup, and anything that is tomato based. We both enjoyed it. Even my picky children tried some… if it has meatballs they will try it! =)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Defenitely a keeper!

  5. Maria says

    Delicious soup (if you like tomato base). Very healthy, love that it’s almost completely from scratch. I make soup 2-4 times a week, so I’m always looking for a different variety.

  6. Milana says

    By far the best tomato soup Olga! This was the soup that hubby and I ate while we were fighting the cold, and it always hit the spot. Thank you Olga for the awesome recipe!

  7. margarita says

    Turns out i had frozen meatballs, and all the ingredients to this soup! It came out yummy and super quick! thanks olga

  8. Oksana says

    Just made this soup tonight. Had to have a bowl right away, with some of your great homemade sandwich bread, also baked today. Great combination.
    Personally in my bowl I added some hot pepper flakes too, perfect on a cool evening here.

    • says

      That’s awesome, Oksana:). Glad you liked it. My husband isn’t a fan of hot food, so I try to keep food as mild as I can. I do like some hot pepper flakes added to dishes though.

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