Make your own beef meatballs for this simple pasta soup. Bacon, tomatoes, and other toppers make this main dish one that kids love.




For meatballs:

  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk, mustard, and salt. Stir in bread crumbs. Add ground meat and mix well. Shape into 48, 3/4-inch meatballs. Place in a shallow baking pan and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain well. If you like, transfer meatballs to a bowl. Cover and chill until serving time.


For soup toppers:

  • Coarsely chop tomatoes. Heat bacon according to package directions and crumble. Place tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms, cheeses and croutons in individual bowls. Cover until serving time.

  • For soup, in a Dutch oven or pot, combine the water, tomato juice, and bouillon granules. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Add meatballs, pasta, and carrots. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in green onions and bring to boiling. Stir in parsley.

  • To serve, ladle immediately into soup bowls. Let guests choose their own soup toppers.

Nutrition Facts

414 calories; 19 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 108 mg cholesterol; 1782 mg sodium. 30 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 31 g protein; 8406 IU vitamin a; 25 mg vitamin c; 313 mg calcium; 4 mg iron;