Paleo Italian Meatball Soup (Crock Pot)
Paleo Italian Meatball Soup (crock pot) is healthy comfort food on a cold day. I would actually eat this even on a hot day. This can be made in the crock pot, or in a stock pot on the stove top.
Awe, this soup reminds me of minestrone soup, just without the noodles and beans. You won't miss them, because the meatballs and pancetta add so much flavor to this soup. It is grain free, paleo, and low carb. If you can eat dairy then feel free to garnish with Parmesan cheese. If you don't have pancetta on hand, then you can always use chopped bacon.
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Paleo Italian Meatball Soup (crock pot)
- Meatball Ingredients:
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage or ground beef.
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour where to buy coconut flour.
- 1 tablespoon golden flax meal where to buy golden flax meal
- ¼ cup organic tomato sauce or home made . tomatoes should be the only ingredients
- 1 /2 tablespoon organic Italian seasonings where to buy this
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder.
- ½ teaspoon sea salt.
- Soup Ingredients:
- 4 cups organic GF chicken broth or homemade chicken broth.
- 1 14 ounce jar of organic diced tomatoes.
- ¼ cup pancetta or 5 slices chopped uncooked bacon ( check ingredients for nitrate free and no sugar)
- 2 cloves garlic minced.
- 1 medium zucchini chopped.
- 1 medium yellow squash chopped.
- 1 medium carrot chopped or shredded * optional.
- ½ medium onion minced *optional.
- 2 teaspoon organic Italian seasonings.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
- 1 teaspoon sea salt.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all the meatball ingredients and knead with your hands.
- Form meatballs with meat mixture by rolling a tablespoon between hands. Once meat balls are formed, place meat balls in an oiled or greased skillet on medium high heat. Brown the meatballs until all side are browned (does not need to be cooked completely).
- Turn crock pot on high and place pancetta, or bacon on the bottom of crock pot. Add minced garlic to the crock pot (can also use a stock pot on the stove top).
- Place browned meatballs on top of pancetta and garlic.
- Add chicken broth, entire can of diced tomatoes, chopped zucchini, chopped yellow squash, chopped carrots, minced onion, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, and sea salt.
- Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours. I usually put the crock pot on high for 4 hours then turn it down to low for 2 hours (if using a stock pot then bring to a boil, turn down heat to low & cover and simmer for 30 minutes).
- Serve garnish with Parmesan if you can have dairy.
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Nutrition Facts: Yield: 6, Serving size: 1 Cup, Calories: 289 Fat: 18 g Carbohydrates: 10 g / Net Carbs: 7.9 g Sugar: 5 g Fiber: 2.1 g Protein: 17 g
*All nutritional data are estimates based on the products I used*
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This soup was great! It smelled wonderful simmering all day, and was easy to put together.My whole family loved it. I served it with dinner rolls. It was a very tasty, filling soup.
Michael, thank you for trying the recipe and taking the time to leave a kind comment. So happy you and your family enjoyed the soup. Do you own an Italian restaurant? I just love Italian food!
I made this for supper tonight here in NM. It is really a tasty soup. I make a lot of food using NM chiles, which my husband and I love. This recipe was a nice change with the Italian seasonings. I didn't have Italian sausage when I put the meatballs together so I used hamburger and breakfast sausage. When I went out later in the day, I bought an Italian sausage in casing, cut it in small chunks and added it to the the soup already in the slow cooker. The soup was yummy.
Hi Jan, I love chiles too! Great idea with the link sausage, and so much easier! That is a time saver for me!! Thanks 🙂
This soup was over the top delicious! I don't care for fennel and couldn't find Italian sausage without so I used grass fed beef and a small amount of ground pork from Whole foods. The seasonings still made it Italian. This is a really easy and good tasting meal. I brown all things prior to dumping into the slow cooker. Thanks for this really good recipe. I also threw in a red pepper I had to use up. So good.
Hi Kathy, I am so glad you liked it. I am not a fan of fennel either. I know I may be kicked out of the foodie world for that, lol. I don't mind it in sausage if it is subtle, but can't stand it when it is all over food.
This looks so delicious, meatballs and soup is the best combination 🙂
Thank you Gabi, I love meatballs in soup too. I went to your blog and it's awesome. Those Honey Roasted Persimmons look so good!