You’ll Love Warming Up With This Chicken Meatball Soup Recipe

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Are you looking for a flavorful soup, with a leaner cut of meat? Today’s Chicken Meatball Soup is just that. A healthy meatball soup. I’m adding this to my soup recipes list, for our meal plan rotation. It is so delish! 

Chicken Meatball Soup

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Homemade soups top our favorite family dinners, and today’s recipe is adapted from Valerie’s Home Cooking. Her recipe is called Chickarina Soup. This soup serves four, prep time of about 30 minutes, and done in an hour.

This soup recipe is perfect for a cold day when you’ve been busy or if your just looking for a good homemade soup. It bares similarity to my turkey meatball soup. Easy to make, flavorful, and packed with healthy vegetables. Oh, so good. 

Chicken Meatball Soup

chicken meatballs, zucchini, carrots, spinach, soup in a bowl #chickenmeatballsoup ©

Are you a Valerie Bertinelli fan? I might age myself but, used to watch her when I was a teen, and have loved seeing her on other shows, and the Food Network. Her recipes are filled with flavor, not overly fussy and her cookbook Valerie’s Home Cooking has 100+ recipes to share with friends, and family.

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I can’t wait to cook through a few more recipes in this cookbook, which I did receive for free to review. (a few of these photos are taken at night)

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You can make this soup in a 5 quart stock pot, but Valerie cooked her meatballs in the oven by broiling them, and then added them to the soup. I opted to add olive oil, and make this a one pot soup recipe.

Chicken Meatballs, carrots, onions, and celery cooking in a pan for meatball soup. Homemade meatball soup recipe at 

Once the chicken meatballs are browned, and cooked on each side, continue to cook slightly. Push to the side or remove, and sauté your onions, carrots, celery, zucchini and parsley. When it’s done cooking mix together. 

chicken meatball soup in a bowl with a spoon and napkin. soup recipe at

Next add into your cooking pot; add your broth, spinach, and spices. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer cooking about 30 minutes, or until ready to serve. Garnish with grated romano cheese. 

Optionally, you can cook penne pasta noodles al dente in a separate pot to add to each serving bowl. 

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Chicken Meatball Soup

Delish, full of flavorful, and packed with chicken meatballs. A healthy meatball soup recipe to enjoy anytime of year.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Theresa Huse


  • 1 pound ground chicken organic
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Italian Dried Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 1 onion peeled, and chopped
  • half cup mini organic carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stocks sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. rosemary
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 2-32 ounce chicken broth organic
  • 1-1/2 cups spinach


  1. Mix ground chicken, egg, Italian bread crumbs, and romano cheese. Form meatballs.
  2. Cook meatballs in olive oil on medium heat.
  3. Move to side, or take out of pan.
  4. Add chopped onion, celery, carrots sauté, and then add back meatballs.
  5. Next add in broth, spinach, spices, parsley.
  6. Cook on simmer for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
  7. Garnish with cheese

Recipe Notes

You may use minced garlic clove to the veggies, and omit the garlic in the chicken meatballs if you prefer. Garnish with more cheese (optional)
Optionally, you can cook penne pasta al dente, per package directions. Keep in a separate bowl, (do not add to soup) and add to each bowl of soup when serving.

Adapted from Chickerina Soup Valerie Bertinelli

What’s different from Valerie’s recipe? She uses only egg white, no dried Italian bread crumbs for the meatballs, no spinach, no zucchini, and she adds couscous. You can easily omit the bread crumbs if you prefer. 

We hope you enjoy making today’s soup recipe. 

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