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Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini Meatballs

Chicken noodle soup with mini meatballs is made with leftover stale bread, chop meat, eggs, cheese, chicken stock and our favorite egg noodles.  An easy soup that comes together in less than 30 minutes makes an ideal meal for a busy weeknight.


Chilly weather calls for warm, cozy soups!  My family loves chicken noodle soup, especially when it’s loaded with bite-size meatballs.  The other night, I had one leftover burger patty, which was about a half pound of chop meat, and it lead me to making little bite-size meatballs.  Pretty much the same ingredients used in our mom’s recipe for her Sunday Meatballs.  Only, these little meatballs are baked rather than fried.

Once the meatballs are fully baked, the soup comes together in minutes.

I love using super thin egg noodles because they cook up very quickly and it saves me time.
Also, these bite-size meatballs can be very convenient if you make ahead, bake and then freeze.
So make extra!  When you need to make a quick meal, just drop them to a simmering pot of chicken stock, add the noodles, and your soup is ready in no time.

Try making chicken meatballs or even turkey meatballs with this recipe.  Do you have a favorite soup for this season? Please tell us, we ‘d love to know!

In the meantime, have a great weekend everyone!  Enjoy!

Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini Meatballs

  • 1/2 loaf of stale bread
  • 1/2 pound chop meat
  • 2  whole eggs
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 4 Tbsp. pecorino cheese
  • 1 garlic clove- crushed
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 8 cups organic low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups thin egg noodles
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • grated Parmesan cheese, at the table

In a large bowl filled with water, submerge the bread, and allow bread to soak for a few minutes.
Grab a second bowl, add chop meat, eggs, garlic, dried parsley, pecorino cheese, and some fresh ground pepper. Set it aside. 

Take the bread that has been soaking in water, and peel the outer crust and discard it.
Using your hands, grab the soaking bread ( the dough) and squeeze the bread to remove excess water.
Then transfer the bread into the second bowl with chop meat.  Repeat until bread is completed.
Now you are ready to mix all the ingredients together.

Begin to mix the ingredients with your hands. You may use a food processor, but using your hands is best.  Mixing the chop meat mixture, until well combined.  Set aside.  Wash hands.

Preheat oven 375 degrees.  Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking oil spray.
Using a small spoon, begin to spoon a small amount of chop meat mixture into your hand and roll  into 1 inch balls.  Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet.  Yields about 45 to 50 mini meatballs.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes. Until meatballs are brown and fully cooked.

In the meantime, pour chicken stock in a large pot, and bring to a low boil.  Add mini meatballs and egg noodles. Reduce heat, and simmer soup for 3 to 5 minutes, or until noodles are fully cooked.

Ladle soup into bowls, and serve with grated parmesan cheese at the table.   Enjoy!

Serves 6  

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12 Comments

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Meatballs in chicken noodle soup- this is the type of dish I love to hear about and try! A twist on an old classic! It looks absolutely delicious

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    Val
    October 11, 2011 at 2:06 am

    This is like a twist on Italian wedding soup. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. I can't wait to try it.

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Just about perfect!
    mary x

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    Shawn
    October 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I'm wishing for a bowl right now!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    December 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    the mini meatballs are so cute- i bet kids would love this!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    April 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Looks just like my mom's old meatball recipe. Never thought to add to a soup – great idea!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    April 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL new look! Absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This is perfect for fall weather. Hearty and full of flavor and so pretty too! Love this bite sized meatballs – freezing ahead is a great idea. My mom always soaked the bread in milk before putting in meatballs. I often wondered if water would be better. Lovely! Have a great weekend.

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    annaliz
    October 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Tricia! Soaking in milk sounds even better! I can't tell you which is better, but I am sure they both work nicely.
    Have a great weekend!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    October 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Pinning this one! I love chicken soups. My all-time favorite has to be my mother's chicken soup with potato dumplings or the chicken stew recipe I got in Colorado years ago.

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    annaliz
    October 15, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hi Sue! The potato dumplings sound delicious and I would love to try it soon.
    Thanks for the idea.

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