Slow Cooker Mini Meatball Noodle Soup is an easy, flavorful twist on traditional chicken noodle soup. You can even make much of it ahead saving you even more time in the kitchen!
I was so busy throwing this together that I forgot to take very many pictures, especially of the ingredients but I promise you it’s so super easy to put this together I know you will figure it out!
There are a few things I love about this Slow Cooker Mini Meatball Noodle Soup. First of all, you can make the mini meatballs ahead of time. Make them the day before and store in the refrigerator or even freeze them so you can throw everything together in the slow cooker at the last minute, set it to start and go!
Secondly, I like that it has spinach in it. My family can always use more vegetables in their diet and the spinach in this soup blends in well with little noticeable flavor. My son is not always a fan of the texture of the wilted spinach but he will still eat it.
Lastly, you can’t beat the flavor. If you like a good chicken noodle soup, this is a unique twist on that with the addition of meatballs. The combination of pork and beef with the grated cheese is super yummy. When I’m making the meatballs, I like to use a small cookie scoop to make forming the meatballs much easier. (I have a whole set of cookie scoops that I use ALL the time for all different recipes, not just cookies! You can read more about my favorite items in the kitchen by checking out this post)
Many times I will make a large batch of the meatballs all at once and freeze some for future use in this recipe. You can freeze the meatballs two ways: form the meatballs and place the raw meatballs on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. You’ll then need to thaw and cook them before putting them in the soup. Or you can form the meatballs, bake them, place them on a baking sheet, freeze until solid and then store until you’re ready to use. If you choose the second method, you can just put the frozen meatballs directly into the broth in the slow cooker while it cooks—so easy!
Now, one thing to note. This recipe calls for ditalini pasta which is a small tube pasta. I used to be able to find this with no problems at many grocery stores but for some reason it’s been a lot more difficult to find lately. If you have trouble finding it too, you can just substitute any small pasta such as small shells or even elbow macaroni.
This Slow Cooker Mini Meatball Noodle Soup is delicious on a weeknight but I’ve also made it for company and it was a hit. Paired with a garden salad and some crusty bread, you’ve got a simple meal for any occasion. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Slow Cooker Mini Meatball Noodle Soup
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 quarts chicken broth
- 6 cups baby spinach, lightly packed in measuring cup
- 8 ounces ditalini pasta, cooked
- Grated parmesan, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare large baking sheet (with sides) by adding silicone baking mat or lining with aluminum foil. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine pork, beef, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well by hand and roll into 3/4-inch meatballs.
Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked through. At this point you can freeze the meatballs. when solid, remove meatballs and place in a labeled ziptop storage bag in the freezer. You may freeze these for up to 3 months.
In a 6-quart slow cooker, add meatballs and chicken broth. If you are using prepared, frozen meatballs, you can add them to the slow cooker frozen. They will warm through as the soup cooks.
Cook on LOW for 9 hours or on HIGH for 5 hours.
About 15 minutes before serving, add spinach and cook until spinach has wilted and is bright green and tender. Add cooked ditalini to soup. Top with additional grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve.
|Serving Size||2 cups|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 917kcal Calories from fat 426|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 47g||72%|
|Saturated Fat 19g||95%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
Looking for more easy SLOW COOKER SOUP recipes?
Be sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes like Crockpot Lasagna Soup or Simple Slowcooker Ground Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup or Slowcooker French Onion Soup. These truly are some of my family’s favorite recipes and I have even made them for company! Paired with a simple garden salad and some crusty bread and you’ve got a complete meal perfect for any day of the week!
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