Peak of the Market
The Government of Manitoba
Manitoba Association of Home Economists

Mini Meatball and Pasta Soup


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 small onionfinely chopped
  • 3 medium carrotssliced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pkg spinachfrozen
  • 1/2 lb chicken or turkeyground
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheesegrated
  • 3 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlicgrated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup pastasmall size (e.g. orzo)


  • Peel and finely chop half an onion. Peel and slice carrots. Heat the oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Saute the onion and carrot for five minutes, then add the broth and bring up to a boil. Open the frozen spinach package. Put all the frozen spinach into the soup and bring it back up to a boil.
  • In a medium sized bowl mix the ground meat with cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. If the mixture is too moist, add a bit more breadcrumbs.
  • Form the meat mixture into small meatballs, about 2 cm wide.
  • When the soup comes to a boil drop the meatballs into the broth. Stir in the pasta and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.


Recipe courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba.