Thanks to a shortcut, this Meatball Pizza Soup takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Meatballs join your favorite pizza toppings in this comforting soup.
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Original content posted January 2017. Updated February 2019.
You never know when inspiration is going to strike and that’s exactly what happened with this Meatball Pizza Soup recipe. Each week, I poll every member of our family to see what ideas they might have for the following week’s dinner menu.
Without fail, my four year old son’s requests are always first, spaghetti and meatballs and second, mountains of cheese piled high on my Perfect Pizza Crust. After week’s of the same requests, I wondered if it was possible to combine his two favorites and transform them into a completely new dish. The end result is a new favorite for everyone seated around our dinner table.
Can You Make Meatball Pizza Soup Ahead of Time?
Yes! Well, sort of!
This soup is easy enough for a weeknight thanks to an easy shortcut. The meatballs in the soup are my Easy Baked Meatballs which can be made in advance. These are the same meatballs that are the star of my Four Cheese Meatball and Sweet Pepper Lasagna.
Simply prepare the meatballs ahead of time and freeze and simply put them in the fridge to thaw the day before you’d like to make the soup.
Thanks to this kitchen shortcut, my Meatball Pizza Soup takes just ten minutes to prepare. Meatballs, pepperoni, onions, green peppers and mushrooms come together to create a comforting bowl combining two of your favorite Italian dinners in one.
Looking for an even more flavor packed option? Make the meatballs the day before you’d like to make the soup and then cover them with the marinara sauce called for in the soup recipe. Refrigerate overnight and allow the meatballs to soak up all the amazing flavors of the sauce and then simply add both directly to the soup as called for. SO. EASY.
How to Make Meatball Pizza Soup
 In large dutch oven over medium-high heat, add olive oil.
 Add mushrooms, onions and peppers to dutch oven.
 Cook over medium heat until softened, stirring occasionally, approximately 8-10 minutes.
 Add beef broth, meatballs, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and pepperoni.
TIP: If you can find mini pepperoni at your grocery store, they’re perfect for this soup as they fit on your spoon easily!
 Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until all ingredients are heated through.
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Meatball Pizza Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 2 onions sliced
- 2 green peppers sliced
- 12 cups beef broth
- 1 recipe Easy Baked Meatballs prepared
- 24 ounces marinara sauce
- 12 cloves garlic chopped
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 4 ounces sliced pepperoni
- crushed red pepper flakes, shredded mozzarella cheese and parsley, to garnish
- In large dutch oven over medium-high heat, add olive oil.
- Add mushrooms, onions and peppers and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Add beef broth, meatballs, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and pepperoni and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until all ingredients are heated through.
- Serve soup garnished with red pepper flakes, mozzarella cheese and parsley.
I’ll be filing this Meatball Pizza Soup in the comfort food file, right before these Mac and Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and right after this Meatball and Rice Skillet with Baby Peas and these Three Cheese Italian Meatball Subs.