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What can be more kid friendly than a bowl of soup with spaghetti and meatballs! Lean turkey meatballs are cooked in a light tomato broth with cut up spaghetti. This is a one pot meal my whole family loves and leftovers are great for lunch.

What can be more kid friendly than a bowl of soup with spaghetti and meatballs! Lean turkey meatballs are cooked in a light tomato broth with cut up spaghetti. This is a one pot meal my whole family loves and leftovers are great for lunch.

This is a recipe from the archives that has been greatly overlooked. I finally got a chance to re-photograph this one, something I wanted to do for a while because it’s very popular in my home and I’m sure it will be popular in yours. A delicious quick family-friendly meal for under $10!

What can be more kid friendly than a bowl of soup with spaghetti and meatballs! Lean turkey meatballs are cooked in a light tomato broth with cut up spaghetti. This is a one pot meal my whole family loves and leftovers are great for lunch.
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Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

213 Cals 22 Protein 27.5 Carbs 3 Fats
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Soup
CUISINE: American
What can be more kid friendly than a bowl of soup with spaghetti and meatballs! Lean turkey meatballs are cooked in a light tomato broth with cut up spaghetti. This is a one pot meal my whole family loves and leftovers are great for lunch.


For the soup:

  • 5 cups low sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chopped cloves garlic, divided
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 onion, chopped, divided
  • 3-4 tbsp tomato sauce, I use my quick marinara sauce
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • 6 oz dry cut up spaghetti, I used Ronzoni Smart Taste

For the meatballs:

  • 16 oz 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil


  • In a soup pot over medium heat, bring chicken broth, water, 1 clove crushed garlic, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 1/4 of the chopped onion, tomato sauce, crushed red pepper flakes and fresh black pepper to a boil; simmer about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the meatballs by combining ground turkey, parmesan cheese, egg, remaining garlic, remaining onion, remaining parsley, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Form into little 1 inch meatballs (about 36).
  • Drop meatballs into the broth, cook about 3 minutes; add pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • Add fresh basil, adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve with grated parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1/6th (about 1 1/2 cups), Calories: 213kcal, Carbohydrates: 27.5g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 739mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: kid-friendly soup, kids lunch box, one pot spaghetti and meatball soup, spaghetti and meatball soup

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  1. My family loves this soup! It’s a go to recipe now!

  2. I love this soup! Its hearty and wholesome and versatile. My whole family loves it and I make it when I have company. I’m following points plus and am so happy you still leave all the different points on your recipes!

  3. Love this soup the only change I made was instead I used my homemade spaghetti sauce. I used about 50/50 between broth and sauce and didn’t add water. I also added mushrooms and served with garlic croutons.

  4. My family (including 2 toddlers) LOVED this soup!! Going into meal rotation for sure :). Thanks, Gina! 

  5. This is delicious, warm, filling, and fun. I added two more TBS of tomato sauce and doubled the garlic. 

  6. I made this soup today and it is fabulous.  I used frozen turkey meatballs and substituted spaghetti squash for the pasta.  Delish!!!  ***** stars.  Thank you.  

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  8. The meatballs cook enough in three minutes and the boiling of noodles?  You don’t need to cook them first?

    • I was wondering the same thing! 3minutes of cooking and they’d still be raw. I’m going to cook mine first.

    • I just read the directions again. They cook in there 3 minutes, then you put in the spaghetti and cook according to package directions so the meatballs end up cooking at least 10 minutes. I’ll probably still cook mine first, but at least 10 minutes is better than 3.

    • If you make the small one inch meatballs it’s plenty of time. Remember you still are cooking after.

  9. Hello-

    I love your recipes. We are fans of your picadillo. A while back you posted your go to recipe for ground beef. We made it and it was delicious . Can you share recipe with me. I can’t find my copy.

  10. Gina strikes again!!!! I made this a few days ago and it was awesome!! 

  11. Fantastic dish! This is definitely a keeper. I added garlic and onion powder to the meatballs. My entire family was impressed. Thank you!

  12. This was fantastic and super hearty. Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. would pesto work subs. for fresh basil?

  14. Made this again tonight. My family LOVES this recipe.

  15. wow this was amazing !! I just made it and I am in love, I added fresh spinach to mine … I think I made my meatballs too big though next time I will make them even smaller ! but a huge winner and I will make this again and again !

  16. I think I would make this again with ground beef, or even LAMB. Lamb meatballs are delicious, but then again, I am Irish so I might be bias 🙂

  17. Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious!!!

  18. WOW! I just made this for my lunches this week and it is Amazing! I can't wait to have it for lunch tomorrow – I love that you have the Smartpoints – thank you!

  19. Making this tonight but plan on baking the meatballs first to give them some texture and color. Can't wait to try it!

  20. This is so GOOD! My 4 year old loved this! Soup and spaghetti and meatballs his two favorite things in one. Thank you!!

  21. YUM this is amazing! Cant wait to see the smart points value you come up with. I put it in recipe builder & got 6SP but I'm not sure its correct! I WILL be making this again! YUMMMM!!!!!

  22. Omg! Just when I think the Shiitake chicken soup is my favorite I make this. It is really delicious! Almost everything I try on here is absolutely wonderful.

  23. confused? ingredient list has basil listed as a component of the meatball but the directions say to throw it in the broth? Where does the basil go? Thanks

  24. I made this today so that it would be ready for my teenage son to eat between soccer practice and his part-time job. He loved it. When I went to the grocery store, though, they were out of ground turkey. Instead I bought the premade turkey meatballs that you find next to the ground turkey. Made this one super easy!

  25. Gina, i'd like to see this with sprialized zucchini or something like butternut squash. i know i'm going to give it a try.

  26. Do I need to adjust anything if I use 96% ground beef instead?

  27. So I made a vegetarian (vegan, even, i think) version of this soup and we loved it. I used Gardien meatballs and Better Than Bouillion's "No Chicken Chicken Base" We added more noodles and an extra cup of the broth. It was AWESOME!!! Everyone had seconds. Great recipe.

  28. this sounds delish but the look of the meatballs is unappetizing to me. Could I fry them off a bit first to brown them up and then add or fry them completely first and then just add at serving? thanks.

  29. This is one of my go to meals! I'll be making it tomorrow during the blizzard here in MA!

  30. This soup was amazing! Both the broth and meatballs are so flavorful. It was husband approved and will be going on our dinner rotation. We ate with lite garlic bread for a low point dinner. I agree that next time I will make some more broth since I was mostly left with noodles. Looking forward to my leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

  31. I have the same question – this is listed as freezer meals. What is the best way to freeze? Thanks!

  32. This was absolutely wonderful!! I am so glad you posted an older recipe that I missed. Please continue to feature some of the oldies but goodies!

  33. Oh this sounds yummy! Adding it to my list of meals to make for next week!

  34. have you freezed this before? do noodles get mushy or would it be ok to freeze the soup and add the noodles on day of making it? would love to have some freezer meal ideas tnx Gina
    can't wait to get your cookbook that I ordered

  35. I made this for dinner last night, it was so good. My 3 year old asked for seconds, which rarely happens. I brought leftovers for lunch today. Thank you for the great recipes!

  36. I made this today, and my husband and I just had it for dinner. It was sooo good!!! I added frozen chopped spinach to it, and cooked the pasta separately, because I find cooking it in the soup causes the soup to be too starchy. (Barilla sells boxed cut spaghetti) Thanks again for such a great recipe!!! 🙂

  37. I made this tonight with 93/7 ground turkey instead of the 99% lean and it has 7 points plus incase anyone needed that

  38. This is a GREAT recipe…it's my daughter's favorite thing that I make. I find that we end up with some meatballs and mostly pasta left (it sucks up all of the broth) so I will typically save that in a container. In the next day or so I just make a few more cups of broth (using chicken broth, tomato sauce, basil and/or italian spices, and a bit of minced garlic), add the remaining meatballs and pasta to it, heat it all for a few minutes, and it's a whole second round.

  39. This is so good! My kids and I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

  40. This reminds me of albondigas, a Mexican soup my grandmother used to make. It has cilantro in the meatballs and zucchini in the broth. Sooo good!

  41. This is my favorite soup. I always add more liquid as the pasta seems to expand. You can't beat this broth. I just made it again today for lunches this week. It is delicious and budget friendly. Thanks Gina!!!

  42. I cannot wait to try this! It looks so easy and delish! Surprisingly low cal…

  43. this is really flavorful!!

  44. Made this tonight for dinner (for the 2nd time) and we loved it! It was really easy to make, cheap and super tasty! Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂

  45. What does it mean to use 1/4 of the onion or 1/4 cup of the onion.

  46. Making this for the "blizzard" we are getting on Long Island 🙂

  47. what about subbing out the pasta for spaghetti squash??? would it be way too mush?

  48. This was so good! I used Lean Ground Turkey, added an extra cup of broth, extra red pepper flakes (gave it a nice kick) and used egg beater instead of a real egg. It turned out great!

  49. This soup is AMAZING! Even better as left overs! I want to use the meatballs for spaghetti!! I monthly meal plan and this is definitely going on Decembers menu.

  50. I made this last week and it was AMAZING! Perfect for the cold winter coming. And yes, the meatballs really do only take 3 minutes. This was my first attempt at one of your recipes, and, for someone like me who can hardly cook, I was floored at the results. Thank you for such a wonderful creation!

  51. I'm thinking about using Vermicelli instead of spaghetti, saving a step by not having to cut the spaghetti. It looks delicious and I'm looking forward to making it.

  52. This soup is delicious & the portion size was plenty!

  53. Made this tonight, it was wonderful!

  54. This is listed under a freezer meal… when should I freeze it?? Assemble the meatballs and soup and then freeze it or cook it all (except the spaghetti) and then freeze? Anyone?

  55. I also get 6 points not 5 an

  56. YUM! So good and the kids even had seconds!

  57. All I have to say is, mmmmm, exactly as written! Easy too! Thank you, Gina!!!!

  58. Hmmm I'm not sure why people are saying this isn't a "pretty" dish. I think it looks lovely! This soup is absolutely delicious! My 19 year old daughter has never liked onions (I love them) so I would always exclude them from anthing I made. Tonight I waited for her to finish her soup before I told her there was onion in it! She LOVED it!! HAHA love it! 😉 Thank you Gina!!!

  59. As my sister would say about a dish like this…"she ain't purty but she's got a GREAT personality!" This is delicious! It's on my stove top right now and I had to sneak a bite. SO GOOD!

  60. Awesome recipe!!! I made it last night for my family and everyone loved it- even the kids who can be picky sometimes! This recipe was easy, inexpensive, quick, and very tasty. Will definitely make it again. Thanks!

  61. Made this for dinner last night and my family absolutely loved it even my picky 8yr old.

  62. I made this for dinner on Sunday and we can't wait to eat leftovers tonight. Thanks for all your hard work, Gina!

  63. I want to try this soon as printed but for today, I have frozen meatballs. Have you ever used premade frozen meatballs in the broth?

  64. Fantastic! My picky toddler (normally exists on air and water) even had a few sips. Next time I will dice the onion smaller; big pieces were popping out of the meatballs when I tried to roll them. Small changes I made: used dry whole wheat breadcrumbs (couldn't find seasoned) and 3 ounces of Catelli Smart spaghettini. I don't know if it's just me but whenever I use pasta in soop, it always takes over and makes it stew (hence the reduced amount of pasta). Will make again, thank you!

  65. My husband and I just ate this for lunch and LOVED it! Yet another completely fabulous recipe from Skinnytaste. It was so easy and the flavors were great. When I put the stats into my WW calculator though it said it was 6p+, not 5. I'm wondering if there was a mis-calculation or if that is excluding the numbers for veggies? Thanks again Gina for keeping my tummy happy!

  66. In case anyone else is wondering, I made the meatballs with egg whites instead of the egg and it turned out great.


  68. I made this last night (first Skinny Taste recipe!) and it was wonderful. My husband even liked it so much that he took some to work today.

  69. Made this tonight – very delicious! Be careful not to use too much spaghetti because it soaks up the juice from the soup.

  70. I made this recipe among many others of skinny taste recipes. They are easy to follow and I live WW point calculations. This recipe was a hit with my 8 yr old nephew and my 60 something yr old dad! Everyone was happy and it was a nice twist on spaghetti n meatballs/ albondigas. Keep em coming!

  71. Gina I made this tonight and the family LOVED it, asked for seconds. So far I've made 3 receipes and everyone loved them. I've committed myself back to WW(100th time) and this site is a true lifesaver. Please keep up the good work

  72. I just made this (meatball and spaghetti soup)and we really liked it. I used whole wheat rotini, but other than that followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for another winner! It was very filling.

  73. My picky-eater hubby approves! Even with the turkey meatballs (he prefers beef). I recommend not stirring too much after you put the meatballs in to keep them together.

  74. made this the other night!!!! LOVED IT!!!! i sliced tomatoes and sliced mushrooms. DELISH!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone in my family loved it. New Favorite.

  75. I made this tonight and it was hit with everyone inlcuding 2 kids and a husband. My only question is the meatballs completly fell apart after I put them in the pan? Any suggestion?

  76. I am mKing this tonight. I didn't add onion in the meatballs because it wasn't in the ingredient list and I overlooked it in the directions… Oh well.

  77. So happy your families enjoyed it!

  78. wow yum this looks amazing!!!! want to make for dinner 🙂 Thanks!!!

  79. Made this last night. It was great! I need thought to chop my onion smaller. DH has to have his onions "hidden". Other than that it was great!! (He still ate 2 portions & I think he wanted thirds but held off…) My son (age 2) gobbled it up too and it wasn't as messy since it didn't have all the spaghetti sauce! (we just gave him noodles and the meatballs w/o the broth)

    I used Wheat Spaghetti noodles as well.

    I was skeptical about this recipe at first but it was amazing!

  80. I made this tonight for my husband and I. He usually turns his nose to anything that replaces beef, but he loved it just as much as I did!! I think I cooked it to long because there wasn't much broth, but it was still so good!! I will definitely be making this one again!

  81. Made this for dinner last night, turned out great! Future hubby said it was amazing. Only changes I made were, I used wheat spaghetti noddles instead and added a little more tomato sauce. I was also surprised how quick the meat balls cooked!

  82. I am making this tonight! Can't wait! Thanks for the recipe, Gina.

  83. Thanks for noticing, yes I fixed that!

  84. I assume the 738.7 g is supposed to be mg??

  85. So glad you all liked it, I'm glad I re-posted this. : )

  86. Made this recipe tonight. Very delicious! Thank you Gina for all that you do!

  87. It was excellent! My whole family loved it! Thanks for all the great recipes, keep up the good work!

  88. loved the soup , will make again

  89. Made this tonight and it was DELISH! I left out the red pepper since my 18month old daughter was eating too, but added a little Sriracha to my bowl and it was fantastic! Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow 🙂

  90. I just made this and it was a hit in my house. I also made your rosemary and garlic biscuits (that my husband love). This soup is very hearty and its fills you up. Great recipe as always.

  91. I made this today with ground chicken breast (ground it myself in my Ninja). I also used 5 oz of elbow macaroni in place of the spaghetti because that's what I happened to have sitting in the cupboard waiting to be used up.

    I didn't see basil on the ingredient list, so it didn't make it on my shopping list. 🙁 Even without the basil, it is a fantastic soup! Definitely don't skimp and go with fresh herbs over dried if you can. I forgot how amazing fresh parsley smells while you chop it!

    I found the soup to have the perfect ratio of broth to "other stuff." I like lots of "other stuff" in my soups. 🙂

    I will definitely make this again!

  92. For the person concerned about the meatballs only cooking 3 minutes. Remember, they are still cooking when add the pasta and it is cooking for another 11 minutes or so.

  93. Made this last night and had it for lunch today. It was amazing!!!!

  94. Delicious! I made it last night & my kids & I enjoyed it so much that we've all taken some for lunch today. Thanks for the great recipe!

  95. I am SO making this this weekend. I just need to find a good meatless meatball recipe, since I'm a vegetarian 🙂 But there is a company that makes a no-chicken stock and I love having a chance to use it.

  96. I'm not big on following recipes (probably why I don't bake to often, although your pumpkin bread ROCKS!). Instead of meatballs I used chicken sausage (the sundried tomato and basil, 4 pts per sausage), I added mushrooms and asparagus. Have't had it yet, but it looks and smells great!!

  97. My picky four year old said "I loved-ed that soup" She has never said that about anything I've made for dinner. Amazing recipe.

  98. I made this last night and it was so yummy! I am literally counting down the hours until lunch so I can have my leftovers!! May be an 11am on the dot lunch today. So delish!

  99. looks like my granny used to make))) brilliant)))

  100. I made this tonight. I added two stalks of chopped celery and two chopped carrots. I also used Ronzoni Garden Delight spaghetti. It was so good! It passed the Hubby test and son had two huge helpings of it.

  101. making this tonight!!

  102. I made this today and it was super delicious! I substituted only a few things (whole wheat thin spaghetti and no sugar added tomato sauce) and it came out absolutely fantastic. I visit your blog frequently and have enjoyed every recipe I've made of yours!. xx

  103. I love this soup !! I also used lean ground beef for the meatballs. Thanks so much for this wonderful soup.

  104. This was great! My only complaint was that I seemed to run low on broth but my husband and I loved it.

  105. I actually used lean ground beef for the meatballs because that's what I happened to have at home.

  106. My husband grew up eating a dish the family called "Spaghetti Soup". It didn't have meatballs — rather ground beef — but looked quite a bit like this. I think the turkey meatballs are a super addition and will make this for him tonight. I'm betting on his loving a stroll down memory lane with an improvement!

  107. Hi gina, thanks for all the great recipes. Would this recipe be as good if I used ground chicken instead of turkey. annie

  108. This was so good. Made it last night and I'm a little sad I didn't bring it for lunch today.

  109. I made this last night… My family LOVED it!!!!! It was surprisingly delicious! I thought I would be able to bring leftovers for lunch but my folks went back for seconds and thirds! I added some pecorino romano to the meatball mixture because I had some I needed to get rid of. It added a wonderful flavor. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  110. This looks tasty! I'm thinking I'll use flaxseed meal in place of bread crumbs and egg beaters in place of the egg. What about adding spinach?

  111. This sounds really good and easy. If you wanted it thicker, you could use less broth and a little more tomato sauce (although that would obviously alter the nutrition facts but still be a low calorie meal).

  112. With all the holiday madness, I totally forgot I wanted to try your meatballs. Thanks for this recipe today, making this for dinner tonight. I better pull my turkey out of the fridge.

  113. I made this last night for my husband and 2 year old daughter, it was a huge hit! I added chopped frozen spinach as well because we love spinach, I cant wait to have my leftovers for lunch today! Thanks for sharing this great mdeal.

  114. Gina I now see where the onion is listed, I didn't read it the recipe completely at first..LOL

  115. Hi Gina, looks like the meatballs have onion in the photo? but not in the ingredient list, if it does then how much?

  116. I made it tonight and it was good. Next time I am going to add something to thicken it a bit. It was easy and quick to make.

  117. If you make it in the crockpot, I would cook it low for 4 hours. Then when you get home, add the pasta and cook it until done.

    • Hi. Coming in a couple yrs late on this one, so hopefully you'll see my question! 🙂 I'm cooking for a crowd after a dance recital (8 adults; 5 kids who are 8 yrs old and up). I'm thinking of doubling this in crockpot so can eat when get home. Because it is is crockpot, would you add any extra liquid, or follow exactly just cooking on low for 4 hours? Thanks so much!! Looks awesome!

  118. Delicious!! For the leftovers I heated up 2 cups of stock and added another TBS of tomato sauce and mixed it back in since the broth ran loa after we all ate.

  119. I needed a new low point lunch soup and thought, "I need to check Skinnytaste." Glad I did! Can't wait to try this!

  120. I have to make this soon! I never would have guessed that the meatballs would have been done so quickly! My hubby is going to really love me after I make this!

  121. How do you think this would do in the crockpot? I am think throw everything in, and then add the pasta at the last minute and let that cook on high until done? Anyone try it that way? I know the recipe is quick, but I work late and am always looking for yummy crockpot recipes.

  122. For those that are worried that the meatballs are not cooking long enough to get done – remember – they will be cooking for the initial 3 minutes PLUS whatever time it takes to cook the pasta. Will be plenty of time!

  123. This looks delicious and I have everything in my pantry! We're so going to have this tonight!

  124. Looks great for those cold winter months that are upon us. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  125. Yes, I am doing the old ones now and then because they are hidden since I didn't get much traffic back then. For my little one, I just give her less broth and she eats the rest with her messy hands 🙂

  126. Thanks for re-posting this..i would have missed it otherwise. I have a one year old that loves to eat spaghetti and meatballs. Since he cant use utensils yet, it usually ends up being a HUGE mess. This will be easy for me to feed to him and I am sure he will LOVE it. Thanks Again! Allison

  127. looks pretty good. I'm so glad you're redoing some of the old ones, not just b/c of the photos but the pts +! DH and I are restarting counting on WW and your site is a must! (even when we AREN'T counting!)

  128. They cook 3 minutes, PLUS the time it takes to cook the pasta which will vary by cut but yes, they cook quick, they are very small.

  129. Thank you for this recipe today. I already made the meatballs and sat them in the frig. I'm making this for dinner. My hubby will love it on this cold rainy day.
    Have a great day!

  130. the meatballs only take 3 minutes to cook????

    thanks. looks good…gonna have to try this one

  131. Isn't this great, I need to remake it to photograph it.

  132. This soup is great! Very flavorful. Both my children and my husband enjoyed it…no small feat! Not necessarily the prettiest dish I've ever made, but pretty isn't why I eat!

  133. This recipe is amazing! One of my lunch time favorites. Surprised no one has commented.