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Minestrone And Meatball Soup With Tortellini

Hearty soup

Hearty soup

A few years ago I saw this recipe on Bourbon and Brown Sugar’s site. I immediately knew I had to make it. It’s a great recipe, simple to make, hearty and delicious. You can see the link above for the original recipe. I have adapted to my taste making a few alterations and substitutions but keeping with the basic premise of the original. The soup is a real meal, warm and filling and comforting. It is pretty much my favorite soup. I make this every year, many times over and it never fails, it’s a crowd pleaser and although I think it would freeze well I never seem to have any leftover at all. If you have never visited MB’s site and seen the gorgeous and delicious food she cooks up, do yourself a favor and check it out. I used to get notifications by email when she posted new recipes but it stopped so I just followed again. The photo’s are gorgeous and the recipes are delicious. Here is my adaptation of MB’s amazing Hearty Minestrone With Tortellin and Mini Meatballs:

Adapted from a recipe from Bourbon and Brown Sugar


1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

1 heaping cup fresh breadcrumbs

1/2 cup grated cheese, parmigiano, romano or a mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1/3 cup water

salt and pepper

Pre heat oven to 375 degree’s and line a sheet pan with parchment. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Spray a little oil on the parchment and start rolling small meatballs about the size of a quarter and line them up on the sheet pan. I used about half of the meat and froze the rest. It made 35 small meatballs. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until done and lightly browned.


1 smallish yellow onion chopped

1 shallot chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

2 carrots chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 1/2 cup chopped (into bite size pieces) uncooked butternut squash

7-8 cups chicken broth

26 oz canned chopped or fresh tomatoes

a piece of rind from parmigiana cheese (always save the rind)

1 medium size zucchini washed and cut into bite size pieces

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 15 oz can cannellini beans drained and rinsed

the cooked meatballs.

8 oz fresh tortellini

Heat some olive oil in a large dutch oven, add the onion, shallot, celery, carrot, garlic and butternut squash and cook until the vegetables become tender, it took about 15 minutes. Add the chicken broth, tomato and rind from the cheese. Bring to a boil and cook on medium heat for 30-45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Add the beans, zucchini, spinach and meatballs and let simmer for about 30-35 minutes. Soup will be quite thick with all the ingredients. Add the tortellini at the end simmering for about 10 minutes and serve with some grated cheese and warm bread and butter, Β a good glass of wine and a fresh salad make this an outstanding cold weather meal.






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  1. Ummm… That looks and sounds delicious, Suzanne — especially after a long frustrating day. Mega hugs!

    October 7, 2015
  2. Looks so inviting Suzanne..irrepective of any weather warm flavorful souo s always a winner

    October 7, 2015
  3. Perfect for the upcoming cold weather Suzanne!
    Loved how you took the recipe a notch up..

    October 7, 2015
    • Thanks Sonal it would be great vegetarian also, maybe with a chickpea kofta or something. The meatballs are so nice in the soup would love to hear how you would adapt to Vegetarian.

      October 7, 2015
      • I think that is a great suggestion. I would probably do a mix veg kofta like for manchurian Suzanne.
        Finely shred the cabbage Carrot and cauliflower. Combine with corn starch. Season a bit. Make balls and either deep fry or oven bake or even steam them.

        October 7, 2015
      • I think that would be an amazing soup Sonal, adding your flair for spicing It would be just wonderful. If you ever adapt it I want to make it.

        October 7, 2015
  4. That sure is a comforting soup! (In Italy, it would be made either without the meatballs or without the tortellini (although the tortellini could be replaced by regular pasta). Tortellini are more usually served in a broth.)

    October 7, 2015
    • Yes Tortellini in brodo is one of my favorites. Although not the traditional way to serve it is really delicious. It would be wonderful with regular pasta as well. Thanks so much Stefan.

      October 7, 2015
    • Stefan, FYI My Italian Mother says there is no set recipe in Italy for Minestrone thus this terrific cook can adapt her own recipe with or without tortellini, pasta, meatballs, broth, etc. Suzanne a brilliant recipe-Mother approved. Your Florida Bud, Cheryl.

      October 19, 2015
  5. I love tortellini so much, I can see why this is your favorite soup! This is amazing yumm. all of the flavors in there are tempting me! yummm

    October 7, 2015
    • Thank you so much Lyn and I didn’t see this because for some reason it went to spam. Its a good thing I checked before I emptied the spam folder. Thanks again.

      October 10, 2015
  6. talkavino #

    Looks perfectly weather-appropriate!

    October 7, 2015
    • Well it’s a little on the warm side today but in a few weeks it will be absolutely perfect. Thanks Anatoli.

      October 7, 2015
  7. As soon as it gets cooler and we get the first rain ( cross my fingers) I will make this delicious looking soup.

    October 7, 2015
    • Thank you Gerlinde, yes it was even a bit warm today for hot soup here in NYC. I make this at least once a month when the cold weather comes.

      October 7, 2015
  8. This sounds divine- a wonderful soup for fall.

    October 7, 2015
  9. I love that you added tortellini to this soup, along with the meatballs. Double the pleasure is always good in my book. Looks extra-dlish! πŸ™‚

    October 7, 2015
  10. I love soup, and this one is a great addition!

    October 7, 2015
  11. A big YUM on this one Suzanne. I can’t get enough soup these days and this one is definitely one to make. Thanks for sharing.

    October 7, 2015
    • Thank you so much its really a good soup, really it’s a meal, very filling.

      October 8, 2015
  12. This looks so hearty and comforting Suzanne! Great autumnal fare.

    October 8, 2015
  13. Lovely, will have to remember this for next winter.

    October 8, 2015
    • Thats right you are going into summer, yes it’s a really nice soup for fall and winter. Thanks so much.

      October 8, 2015
  14. A very warming and tasty soup Suzanne! πŸ™‚

    October 8, 2015
  15. Mmmm adding meatballs into a minestrone soup sounds perfect! The weather is slowly getting colder these days, must start collecting soup recipes!

    October 8, 2015
    • I am starting to think soup again, yes cooler days and nights my thoughts turn to comfort foods. Thanks so much Jasline.

      October 8, 2015
  16. skd #

    Lovely soup. Can I substitute chicken for pork?

    October 8, 2015
    • I make chicken meatballs all the time I don’t mix the chicken with beef though, never tried that. I love chicken burgers and meatballs and they would go great in the soup.Thanks skd!!

      October 8, 2015
  17. Comfort food at its finest. Can I come over? πŸ˜‰

    October 8, 2015
  18. This soup looks perfect for fall! Thank you. I will be making this very soon!

    October 8, 2015
  19. The soup sure looks so yum and comforting Suzanne !

    October 8, 2015
  20. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, the minestrone soup looks absolutely delicious and so perfect for the season! I love making soups in the fall too!

    October 8, 2015
    • Thank you so much, me too I make soup every week in Fall and winter!

      October 8, 2015
  21. Hi Suzanne, love that you added meatballs and tortellini to the minestrone, you made it even more special.

    October 8, 2015
  22. Sounds perfect. Hope you are well (post pups).

    October 8, 2015
  23. I love the killer combination of tortellini and meatballs! This soup sounds and looks wonderful and it’s just perfect for Fall especially in a rainy day like today!

    October 9, 2015
  24. This soup does look wonderful and warming Suzanne! I am just itching to make soup here but yesterday it was 104 degrees!! In October! I’m hoping there’s cool days and this good pasta soup ahead for us soon. Thanks for the recipe!

    October 10, 2015
    • Thanks so much Rhonda, 104 degree’s yikes, thats too hot even for summer Hoping it cools down sometime soon.

      October 10, 2015
  25. Wow that sounds delicious Suzanne. …

    October 10, 2015
  26. Linda Fernandes #

    Woooooow tempting

    October 11, 2015
  27. I can see why this is your favorite soup, Suzanne! All those wonderful ingredients. My husband would love this because of the meatballs. Saving this to make when it cools off here. Thank you!

    October 12, 2015
    • The meatballs and tortellini make this soup really special. It is the perfect warming soup for a cold day!! Thank you so much.

      October 12, 2015
  28. Suzanne great for this fall weather, oh wait is it fall yet, just kidding down here its been still on the warm side, but this weekend it will get chilly for the first time. Love to make soup in the winter, can wait and this looks yummy yum yummy!!! πŸ™‚

    October 13, 2015
    • I know what you mean, it’s so warm today I almost turned on the AC. Not soup weather right now. Thanks so much Amy! It’s going to cool down here too starting tomorrow.

      October 13, 2015
  29. Wow, Suzanne, This soup looks wonderful. I crazy for meatballs and tortellini is a bonus! The photo looks so clear and real! I love it! (I was travelling for 3 weeks. Catching up with visiting πŸ™‚ )

    October 18, 2015
    • Thanks Fae,me too!! Love them both hope you had a nice trip and good you are back!!

      October 20, 2015

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