Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini-Meatballs

Our Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini-Meatballs is cozy, comforting, and delicious tasting. Loaded with bite-size meatballs, chicken stock, and egg noodles, this soup totally filling and satisfying!  Perfect to serve on busy weeknights.

Our Family’s Recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup…

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 6 ounces of chopped meat, enough to use and make little bite-size meatballs. 

For this recipe, I used the same ingredients in our mom’s recipe for her Sunday Meatballs.  

Only, these little meatballs were baked rather than fried!

Once these meatballs get fully cooked (and they bake in 10 minutes), then the rest comes together in minutes.

Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini-Meatballs by 2sistersrecipes.com

Five Reasons to LOVE this Chicken Soup…

1. This recipe calls for thin egg noodles, which cook up quickly, saving time.

2. It’s made with organic chicken stock. No need to make homemade broth or stock.

3. Our chicken noodle soup is filling and very satisfying.

4. You can make this soup with homemade meatballs as I did, or use your favorite frozen meatballs. If frozen, thaw first, then toss them into the soup to simmer for a few minutes before serving.

5. This soup comes together in a matter of minutes.

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini-Meatballs?

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Ingredients You Will Need For This Recipe:

  • 1/2 loaf of stale bread (or 2/3 cup of plain bread crumbs)
  • 1/3 of a pound (about 6 to 8 ounces) of ground beef
  • 2  whole eggs
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 4 Tbsp. grated 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

DIRECTIONS to Make Chicken Soup with Mini-Meatballs:

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

 

3.  Take the bread that has been soaking in water, peel the outer crust, and discard it.  Using your hands, grab the soaking bread ( the dough) and squeeze the bread to remove excess water. 

4.  Then transfer the bread into the second bowl with chopped meat.  Repeat until the bread is completed.
Now you are ready to mix all the ingredients together.

5.  Begin to mix the ingredients. You may use a food processor or a KitchenAid with a flex-edge beater. Or use your hands, if you prefer. Mix the meat mixture, until well combined and set aside. 

6.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190.6 C).  Lightly spray the baking sheet with cooking oil spray.


7. Using a teaspoon, begin to spoon a small amount of chopped meat mixture into your hand and roll it into 1-inch balls.  Place meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet.   The mixture should yield about 45 to 50 mini meatballs.

 
 

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

9.  In the meantime, pour chicken stock into a large pot, and bring to a low boil.  Add mini-meatballs and egg noodles.  Reduce the heat, and simmer the soup for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the noodles are fully cooked.  Ladle soup into bowls, and serve with grated Parmesan cheese at the table. 

Cook’s Notes and Great Tips!

  • Make ahead! These bite-size meatballs are very convenient. You can make them ahead, bake them, and freeze them. Then pop them into the soup when you need them. So, it’s ideal to make extra!
  • Italians always find ways to repurpose perishables. We used a day-old (stale) loaf of bread we had on hand, but you can use plain bread crumbs instead.
  • Just drop mini meatballs into a simmering pot of chicken stock or broth, add the noodles, simmer for a few minutes and your Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini Meatballs is ready in no time!
  • Other Variations! Try this recipe with chicken meatballs or even turkey meatballs. They work equally well with this recipe.

To Store and Freeze…

  • To Store: Allow the soup to cool completely before storing in a sealed container and then keep it chilled in the refrigerator. Soup will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: When the soup completely cools down, store it in a sealed container and freeze it. It will freeze well for up to 2 months.
  • Another TIP: You may remove all the meatballs and freeze those separately to use in other soups or stews in the future. They will freeze well too!

                    

Additional ideas and recipes for you to try…

Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini-Meatballs

Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini-Meatballs by 2sistersrecipes.com

Chicken Noodle Soup with Mini Meatballs is made with leftover stale bread, ground beet, 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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 loaf of stale bread (or 2/3 cup of plain bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 pound (6 to 8 ounces) of ground beef
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 4 Tbsp. grated 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

Instructions

    MAKE the Mini-Meatballs:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190.6C). Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking oil spray.
    2. In a large bowl filled with water, submerge the bread, and allow the bread to soak for a few minutes.
    3. Grab a second bowl, and add chopped meat, eggs, garlic, dried parsley, pecorino cheese, and some fresh ground pepper. Set it aside.
    4. Take the bread that has been soaking in water, peel the outer crust, and discard it.
    5. Using your hands, grab the soaking bread (the dough) and squeeze the bread to remove excess water. Then transfer it to the second bowl with chopped meat. Repeat until the bread is completed.
    6. Now you are ready to mix all the ingredients together.
    7. Use a food processor, or KitchenAid, or with your hands. Begin to mix the ingredients. With a KitchenAid, use the flex-edge beater to mix the meat mixture, until well combined. Set aside.
    8. Using a teaspoon, begin to spoon a small amount of chopped meat mixture into your hand and roll into 1-inch balls. Then place the meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet. (NOTE: the mixture will yield about 45 to 50 mini meatballs).
    9. BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes, or until meatballs are brown and fully cooked.

    MAKE the SOUP:

    1. In the meantime, pour chicken stock into a large pot, and bring it to a low boil.
    2. Add mini meatballs and egg noodles. Reduce the heat, and simmer the soup for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the noodles are fully cooked.
    3. Ladle soup into bowls, and serve with grated Parmesan cheese at the table.
    4. Serves 6

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6 servings

    Serving Size:

    1 serving

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 6.4gCarbohydrates: 18.1gFiber: .9gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 18.2g

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    12 Comments

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

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