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Hearty meatball soup recipe

Hearty, healthy and low fat, this soup will keep the whole family warm in winter.

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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (finely sliced)
  • 2 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 celery stalk (sliced)
  • 1 carrot (large, diced)
  • 400 g canned diced tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup passata
  • 2 cup vegetable stock (liquid)
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp sugar


  • 500 g lean pork mince
  • 1 onion (small, finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)


Heat oil in a large saucepan and add onion, garlic, celery and carrot with a pinch of salt.

Cook on medium-low for 10 minutes until vegetables are soft.

Add remaining soup ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes.

While soup is simmering, make the meatballs. Mix mince, onion and garlic together.

Add breadcrumbs and egg and season with salt and pepper.

Mix ingredients together and make meatballs using a heaped teaspoonful of mixture each.

Place meatballs into the simmering soup and turn the heat up a little to bring the soup back to a simmer.

Simmer for 20 minutes and serve in big bowls with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.


  • This meatball soup is healthy, low-fat and low-calorie. Great for everyone in the family, it’s loaded with vegetables, herbs and extra lean meatballs.
  • Feel free to use extra lean beef mince if you prefer, instead of the pork.
  • This recipe was created by Jay Rogers for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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