I just had to make a keto Italian Meatball Minestrone Soup recipe. Who doesn't love a great soup (and meatballs) without all the carbs. I am a big fan of this super easy slow cooked keto soup.
Bowl of minestrone soup on a grey table with tomatoes and herbs around it

Keto Meatball Minestrone Soup

So of course I had to attempt to make this a low carb/keto soup recipe that everyone would be happy with.

Gone are the meatball fillers like breadcrumbs or panko. No pasta or beans in this keto minestrone. If you have tried my Keto Minestrone Soup before then you know that I really like a rich comfort keto soup.

I have never been a big fan of higher carb keto recipes since starting a keto diet. I much prefer trying to keep any meal I have under 10g net carbs, even though I mostly am OMAD – one meal a day.

Anyway, let’s look at what you need to make it.

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Meatball Minestrone Ingredients

Here is all you need to make our keto minestrone soup.

Italian minestrone ingredients laid out
Italian minestrone ingredients laid out

How to make it

I have included both a conventional method, a Thermomix minestrone recipe method, and one for the Instant Pot.

First up mix the meatballs with the herbs and spices.

minced beef
  • Roll into small bite size meatballs (15g each) and set aside in the fridge.
  • Place butter and oil in large saucepan, crockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot. Heat over moderate heat until butter has melted.
  • Add onion, bacon, chorizo, carrot and zucchini and sauté until vegetables are softened.
  • Add paprika, Italian Seasoning, tomatoes, peppers, tomato paste, and broth to bacon mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce to low/slow and add meatballs to stock.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours. See Note 2.
  • When soup is ready meatballs should very tender. Season well.
  • Serve with grated parmesan and mozzarella. Garnish with parsley and basil.
Italian minestrone soup in a white bowl

Hot Tips

So you want to make the soup perfect every time then listen up. This is a great keto soup recipe but you do need just a few hot tips to ensure success.

  1. Choose fattier mince meat. With all great keto ground beef recipes you need some healthy fats. In this minestrone I use both pork and beef mince. I choose to get the fattier ground meat when I can and preferable pasture fed. The higher fat content and mixing it well ensure the meatballs stay together.
  2. Mix the meatballs well. Make sure if you are not making the Thermomix version that you really squish the hell out of that meat to make it really want to cling together for perfect meatballs.
  3. Thermomix owners – use a Blade Cover. If you do not have a blade cover then fry the meatballs and add back to the sauce later or use a slow cooker. The blade cover allows the meatballs to hold their shape and keep them away from the blades.
  4. Slow cook – Yes, small meatballs can be cooked in no time. However, for our Minestrone, we want juicy soft and tender meatballs. This is what happens when you slow cook. To test if your soup is ready try a meatball. It should be tender and not grainy at all.
  5. Can I freeze minestrone? This is a keto soup recipe that 100% freezer friendly. Simply ladle the soup into individual portions and seal airtight and freeze.

Want some more Spectacular Keto Soup Recipes?

I am a huge soup fan. While this meatball minestrone is absolutely the bomb 💣I have quite a few low carb soup recipes that will knock your socks off.

  1. Thrifty Chicken Soup
  2. Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  3. Keto Pea and Ham Soup
  4. Keto Chicken Vegetable Soup
  5. Leek and Celery Soup

So come and hang out with us in any of the below and share your fave Mad Creations with us!

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Bowl of minestrone soup on a grey table with tomatoes and herbs around it

Keto Italian Meatball Minestrone

I just had to make a keto Italian Meatball Minestrone Soup recipe. Who doesn’t love a great soup (and meatballs) without all the carbs. I am a big fan of this super easy slow cooked keto soup.
5 from 55 votes!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 567kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 serves
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Ingredients 

MEATBALLS

  • 200 g (10.5 oz) beef mince
  • 200 g (10.5 oz) pork mince
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

SOUP

  • 30 g (10 tsp) butter
  • 15 g (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) onion diced (50g)
  • 2 (2) rashers bacon diced (100g)
  • 1 (1) chorizo sausage finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) carrot diced (35g) optional
  • 3/4 cup (1 cup) zucchini diced (100g)
  • 2 tsp (1 tbsp) Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp (1 tbsp) smoked paprika
  • 400 g (5.37 cups) diced tomatoes fresh or tinned, I use Ardmona Rich & Thick
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) roasted red peppers finely diced
  • 1 tbsp (1 tbsp) tomato paste
  • 300 g (2.5 cups) beef broth or stock
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 cup) parmesan grated
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 cup) fresh basil leaves to garnish

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL / SLOW COOK/ INSTANT POT METHOD

  • In a large bowl place all meatball ingredients. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the seasonings through the mince. The mince needs to be well kneaded to hold together in the soup.
  • Pinch off a small piece of the meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form meatballs (about 2 teaspoons each) and place onto a small tray. Continue shaping until all the meat is used. Cover and place into the fridge. Note 1.
  • Place butter and oil in large saucepan, crockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot. Heat over moderate heat until butter has melted.
  • Add onion, bacon, chorizo, carrot and zucchini and sauté until vegetables are softened.
  • Add paprika, Italian Seasoning, tomatoes, peppers, tomato paste, and broth to bacon mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce to low/slow and add meatballs to stock.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours. See Note 2.
  • When soup is ready meatballs should very tender. Season well.
  • Serve with grated parmesan and mozzarella. Garnish with parsley and basil.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Place all meatball ingredients into mixer bowl and mix 6 sec/speed 10.
  • Pinch off a small piece of the meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form meatballs (about 2 teaspoons each) and place onto a small tray. Continue shaping until all the meat is used. Cover and place into the fridge. Note 1.
  • Place onion into mixer bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 5. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Add butter, olive oil, bacon, chorizo, carrot and zucchini. Cook 6 min/Varoma/reverse stir. Pour into a small bowl.
  • Insert Blade Cover. Add paprika, Italian Seasoning, tomatoes, peppers, tomato paste, broth and bacon mixture into mixer bowl. Cook 15 min/Varoma/revers/speed 1.
  • Place meatballs into soup (careful not to go over the max level). Slow cook/6 hours (TM6) or 99 min/95℃/reverse/speed 1 and repeat.
  • When soup is ready meatballs should very tender. Season well.
  • Serve with grated parmesan and mozzarella. Garnish with parsley and basil.

Notes

1. Meatballs can be cooked by browning if preferred and then added to the minestrone.
Bake the meatballs in the oven (15 – 20 minutes) at 200℃.
2. Check meatballs and soup consistency after 6 hours. Meatballs should be very tender. If you need to extend the time extend it.
3. This soup can be done in a lot less time but by slow cooking it does develop the flavours.
4. Extra vegetables such as mushrooms and cauliflower go great in a keto minestrone. Simply add what you like mindful that you will be adding more carbs.
5. For Instant Pot set to pressure cook/5 minutes/natural release for 10 minutes then quick release.
I have included a recipe link to make your very own Homemade Italian Seasoning Substitute. It is an easy recipe to make with the herbs you probably already have in your pantry right now.

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2772IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 4mg | Magnesium: 50mg | Net Carbs: 7g
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33 responses to “The BEST Italian Meatball Minestrone”

  1. Jo

    5 stars
    Great meal, depth in flavour.

  2. Vicki Holroyd

    5 stars
    I love this soup. Do it the slow cooker, do it onmy art nights. Family gave it when they’re ready, and I have mine when I come home. Also spare bowl for my lunch.
    Love it Thanks Megan & Dave. X

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So happy you love it Vicki and thanks for taking the time to leave a review and let us know.

  3. Jeannie

    5 stars
    I like that it’s loaded with veggies, comforting and delicious soup.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy!

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