Pasta & meatball soup with cheesy croutons

Pasta & meatball soup with cheesy croutons

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
Give meatballs a new lease of life in this substantial pasta-packed soup

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal530
  • fat17g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.24g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g pack ready-made mini meatballs
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 200g pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 8 thin wholemeal baguette slices
  • 50g cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • small bunch basil, torn



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan and fry the meatballs for 5-10 mins until browned. Tip in the tomatoes, milk, 200ml water and oregano and simmer for 10-15 mins, until the soup thickens a little.

  2. Pour in the pasta shapes and simmer until cooked – follow pack timings. Meanwhile, make the cheesy croutons. Heat grill to High, pop the baguette slices on a baking tray and top with the cheese. Grill until melted, keep warm.

  3. When the pasta is cooked, remove the soup from the heat and stir in the basil. Divide between bowls and serve with the basil and cheesy croutons on top.

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Norah McKeown's picture
Norah McKeown
17th Nov, 2018
Not good
9th Jun, 2011
It was quick and easy to make but as someone else said it didn't look like the picture at all. I think the quantity of liquid is far too less. I might try to make it again since the kids liked it but would use stock (at least 1 l) instead of water and probably no milk. I didn't bother with the croutons and just added some grated cheese at the end.
libby0's picture
10th May, 2011
Was easy and the children liked it. It was interesting to see that all tomato soup is..... is tinned tomatoes and milk! Not delicious enough that I would ever make again.
4th May, 2011
This was a nice idea for my leftover homemade meatballs. And adding a dash of soysauce made the sauce a little more tastier.
22nd Apr, 2011
Used homemade meatballs leftover from another recipe. Was ok - not amazing - it lacked something.
15th Apr, 2011
This was an okay mid week tea. Mine didn't look like the picture. It was more like a pasta sauce than a soup and I had added an extra 400ml of water.
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