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italian meatball & tortellini soup

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Susie Proplesch
Otoe, NE

I came up with this recipe a couple of years ago. I make lots of soups and a meatball one sounded interesting. My family loves it, and it is very easy to make. Enjoy!

(1 rating)
yield 10 - 12
prep time 30 Min
cook time 4 Hr

Ingredients For italian meatball & tortellini soup

  • 1 lb
    bulk italian sausage
  • 2 lb
    extra lean ground beef
  • 2 - 15oz can
    canellini beans or navy beans
  • 2 - 15oz can
    petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 16oz pkg
    frozen italian blend vegetables
  • 1 19oz pkg
    frozen cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 md
    onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp
    fresh minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp
    beef soup base ( i use l. b. jamisons)
  • 8 c

How To Make italian meatball & tortellini soup

  • 1
    Thoroughly mix ground beef and italian sausage together and shape into bite-sized meatballs. Fry meatballs in large skillet, turning frequently, until browned. Drain fat from meatballs.
  • 2
    You may cook this soup in a large crockpot, or in a large kettle on top of the stove.
  • 3
    Place the meatballs, beans, tomatoes, diced onion, minced garlic, beef base, italian seasoning, parsley, and water into crockpot, on high heat. (If using a kettle on the stove, cook on medium heat)
  • 4
    When soup is simmering in the crockpot (about 2-3 hours), add in the tortellini and the italian vegetables. Soup will need to be brought back up to a good simmer before serving. (If using a kettle, add tortellini and italian vegetables after soup has boiled for about 15 minutes. Return soup to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for about another 30 minutes before serving.)
  • 5
    I serve this hearty soup with a nice heated loaf of Italian or French bread, warmed hard rolls, or sometimes garlic toast.