Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!


Happy New Year guys!!

I need to be really honest with you . . . . I was going to write this super upbeat post about the New Year, our Christmas, and starting off 2017 and being back at blogging . . . . but I’m not feeling it.

My personal FB feed is full of messages this morning of sadness. There have been a few tragedies in the blogging world, but the one that has struck me most deeply, is the loss of Lindsay and Bjork’s first son, Afton.  It struck me so deeply because their beautifully written words, what they went through, it took me right back to losing Elliot.

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!

It made me go back and read this post that I wrote when I was pregnant with Piper and really struggling.  It reminded me of this attitude that my mom had right after she was diagnosed with cancer . . . this idea that it is so easy to thank God when things go well in life, but what about when you are given something more challenging? . . . . Like fourth stage breast cancer?  Or the death of your second child?

I for sure just lost a few readers.

So, to you that are still with me . . .

I know this is a hard idea to swallow.

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!

But it feels so important.  It feels like something that I am going to have to learn, and learn and relearn.  It’s not something I would say to someone who is just days out from losing the love of their life.  But as someone who has faced devastating loss, more than once, it feels like something God, the universe, whoever, wants me to learn.

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!

We are facing some struggling times in our family (nothing hugely serious, and nothing you should worry about, but struggles none the less), and so this feels like such a good reminder . . . Can I be thankful for the difficult as well as the amazing?  Can you imagine if I put up a picture of one of my kids in the ER getting stitches with #blessed?? ????  People would think I had lost my mind.

Anyway.  What I’m thinking about today.

I thought you guys would love this soup for the new year.  It’s made in the slow cooker using bite sized frozen meatballs, but you could totally make your own, you add that to some seasoned canned diced tomatoes, a ton of veggies, and some orzo, and you have a seriously amazing soup on your hands.  It’s about 377 calories a bowl (obviously it depends on what type of meatballs you throw in), and it’s totally filling!  So perfect if you are trying to keep things on the lighter side after the holidays.

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!


Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup


  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup carrots sliced (2 small handfuls of baby carrots)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes with basil and oregano, undrained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 T basil
  • 1/2 T dried parsley
  • 1 pound frozen bite sized fully cooked meatballs
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup small noodles (alphabet or orzo)
  • shredded parmesan (optional)


  1. In the bottom of a slow cooker, combine the meatballs, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, chicken stock, diced tomatoes, and spices.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to high and stir in the orzo and chopped spinach and cook for another half hour.
  4. Serve with shredded parmesan.

This AMAZING Slow Cooker Vegetable and Meatball Soup comes together in a snap and is only 377 calories a bowl!


  1. Teri Giese says

    Was very sad for Lindsay and Bjork as well.I literally had one of those cries where you are gasping.Odd for me,as it takes a lot for me to cry at all.Things just happen.Is all I can say.Have always felt that God is with us and for us,if we choose to listen?Or can really hear Him?Been thru a ton of losses,and often,can be that darn free will He gives us.Other times,I think,that’s not fair.The baby deserved a life.?But,I guess we will have to ask The Big Guy one day!!One day at a time,with baby steps when needed.Heal,and you can bet that what you survive,and how you came through,will help another one day,with someone going through the same loss or trauma.Use our pain to comfort another and have some good come from it all.????peace.

  2. says

    My heart goes out to you, Lisa. I can’t imagine the level of grief you’ve gone through, and I admire you for your strength! I definitely believe that there is purpose in our suffering; God loves us too much for it to be otherwise! Of course, in the midst of our heartache, it is hard to see that purpose. Thank you for your beautiful blog and your honesty.

  3. says

    Ugh, so sorry to hear of this sad news–you know my thoughts and prayers are with them (as well as you Lisa). Life indeed is not easy and it’s very hard to feel any sort of gratitude when facing such sadness.

    But this meatball soup…yeah, I’m grateful for this recipe! Will add it to next weeks menu planning! Hugs and love you!
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  4. Marie says

    Really good! We loved it. I’ve never seen bite sized meatballs though, can you buy them anywhere? We just used full sized turkey meatballs that we cut up in our bowls.

    • says

      I’m so happy you liked it Marie! It’s one I’m going to make again and again! I got the meatballs just in the frozen section. I don’t even remember what brand I used. The full size meatballs is a great option too though!

  5. Tisha Hancock says

    I was looking for a meatball soup recipe and in addition to that, I was blessed by your beautiful words. Thank you for sharing. You and your friends will be in my prayers. Jesus Christ is still on the throne. Always and forever. He is good. He never leaves us. He loves us deeply and sees a much bigger picture for all of our lives than what we will ever see this side of Heaven. Some days all we are supposed to do is be still.

  6. Minh says

    This looks delicious. How many servings does this make? I cook for a big family of 6… Would this feed my family for dinner or should I add some water? Thanks Lisa

    • says

      I feel like you would need a salad or some bread for a complete meal for six. I definitely wouldn’t add water to make it stretch, you are going to thin it out and dilute the flavor. No good. I would double it and enjoy the left overs!

  7. Tammy says

    Wondering how many this is supposed to serve? 377 calories a bowl is hard to gauge without knowing the size of the bowl being used. I made this and tried to enter in my Weight Watchers tracker, but can’t get a good point estimate without a number of servings.

    • says

      Tammy, I honestly did not measure it out cupful by cupful. I would say about 1/6 of the recipe is 377 calories. I am sorry that I can’t be more precise than that.

  8. Tammy says

    Sure don’t understand why you can’t answer my serving size question, here or on Facebook. At this point, you’ve lost me as a reader, if you care.

    • says

      I’m sorry, Tammy, it’s a one woman show around here developing, testing, photographing, and videoing the recipes here while also managing all of the social media channels for Wine & Glue, sending invoices, responding to emails, and at the same time taking care of three little kids. So it’s true that I don’t get back to my readers as quickly as I would like to. Additionally, my family recently moved and so I am especially slow these days at responding. That said, I certainly understand if you’d like to go elsewhere for your free recipes. I wish you the best.

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