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Instant Pot Meatball Soup with Frozen Meatballs

Easy Instant Pot meatball soup with frozen meatballs or homemade with ground beef in under 20 minutes flat! A healthy low carb and keto friendly dinner you’ll love. Add vegetables of your choice with a rich broth, this is a family favorite dish we love.

Instant Pot Meatball Soup

Instant Pot meatball soup is so simple to throw together and I bet your whole family will love it! A cheap dinner with vegetables and beef we make often. One of my kids’ favorite Instant Pot recipes, I bet yours will like it too. (affiliate links present, originally published 1/20)

Instant Pot Meatball Soup with Frozen Meatballs

We love this healthy meatball soup when it is chilly outside! Now that we’re trying to incorporate more low carb soups into our diet, this one has been a fave. It’s been made a few different ways over the years. Throwing in a handful of meat right out of the freezer when we are in a hurry works well.

When I do have some time I will make them homemade like I did with our Swedish meatballs dish, so whatever works. You don’t have to have an IP either, the brand doesn’t matter. I have a few different models and both the crockpot express and Ninja Foodi work just as well too.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Chicken Meatball Soup Instant Pot

To make things easier (and under 30 minutes) we often times will use frozen like I said. This way it can be made in under 20 minutes flat.

  • That’s my kind of semi homemade dinner. In the new year we have vowed to eat healthier with lower fat options. With that said I have made this with chicken meatballs.

Meatball Vegetable Soup Instant Pot

We always incorporate ALL the vegetables we can, especially when it comes to Instant Pot soups. During the summertime fresh is easy to find. Since we live in a smaller town I will buy mixed frozen vegetables in the colder months since the others don’t typically look so great. Use what you like, or swap out those you’d rather have inside really.

Those that can be found year round though I will. Peeled and sliced carrots are a given and celery is always around too. Onions are a cheap add in that add texture and flavor to any dish.

meatball soup recipe

Instant Pot Meatball Soup

Once you make this you can later swap out the meat too. Think sliced kielbasa would work, leave the protein out and make it vegetarian, or if you have leftover chicken then use that!! You know i hate wasting food so I use what I have on hand y’all.

  1. You do not need to know how to cook frozen meatballs for this one. Just throw them in and cooked in the liquid they will get tender nicely in no time.
    1. you could make them homemade beforehand
      1. use ground beef or ground turkey to make Italian meatballs

Ninja Foodi Meatball Soup

Note: if you do NOT use frozen, you need to add them at the end once the soup is done cooking. If not they’ll fall apart. Now with the Foodi you can make air fryer meatballs which will create a crust on the outside so they will stay together better.

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Mini Meatball Soup

Super quick cooking time y’all for this one. Now if you start from scratch with the meat, make your balls. Hit sauté function with a little olive oil, cook 2-3 minutes on each side until they are done and browned on the outside.

Remove, set aside and keep warm. Then make this recipe as directed below and add your meat at the end so they stay in tact.

  1. Carrots
  2. Broth
    1. either chicken broth or beef broth, your choice
  3. Olive oil
  4. Onion
  5. Carrots and celery sliced into bite size pieces are great
  6. Garlic
  7. Tomato sauce
    1. crushed tomatoes could be used as an alternative
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. Basil
  10. Parsley

Unlike our Instant Pot Italian wedding soup recipe we did not add any pasta or noodles to this one to keep it keto. If you wanted to add some you’d need to cook it 3 minutes shorter, release steam, add noodles and add 3 more minutes with a quick release.

healthy meatball soup

How come I don’t I add raw homemade meatballs into the mix? Because they tend to fall apart in the cooking process. If you don’t want store bought, just bake beforehand.

Why do my meatballs fall apart when cooking?

The binder is usually the problem if they do. Most meatball recipes call for using bread crumbs and eggs. Too many bread crumbs makes them loose, but not enough bread crumbs won’t help them hold together either.

  • Adding homemade meatballs into liquid like this doesn’t seem to work real well as far as them staying in tact. Using frozen eliminates this issue, so that’s my preference.

How long do you brown meatballs before putting in sauce or soup?

Give them a minute or two on each side to fully brown. Then finish cooking them in the oven.

frozen meatballs recipe

Here are some simple step by step directions. I also have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Set pot to saute and add olive oil. When it is hot add onion, celery, carrots, garlic and all of the seasonings. Cook until onions begin to soften, a few minutes should do it. Then turn pot off.

  • Pour in tomato sauce and broth, stir contents. Drop in frozen meatballs and stir again.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure cook high for 15 minutes. Do a quick release of steam when done.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese on top and enjoy.

Serve in bowls alone or with parmesan cheese on top. You could use our slow cooker frozen meatballs timing first, then add the other ingredients halfway thru and make it that way too. That would of course take a lot longer but I do like to have options depending on how our day is going.

meatball soup recipe keto

I’ve made another version using ground sausage where I didn’t form them into balls at all. I just browned it on saute and left it as it. That worked well too.

What should you serve with pressure cooker meatball soup?

  1. Our favorite is probably this semi homemade garlic pull apart bread.
  2. You can also make this easy roll recipe.
  3. Garlic bread from scratch goes well with just about anything….I mean I can’t resist crusty bread with soup and stew!

Print recipe below. Nutritional information is included to with saturated fat and calorie information.

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Instant Pot Meatball Soup

Easy Instant Pot meatball soup made with homemade or frozen meatballs in under 20 minutes flat! A healthy low carb and keto friendly dinner you'll love.
Course Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword instant pot, meatballs, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 264kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set pot to saute and add olive oil. When it is hot add onion, celery, carrots, garlic and all of the seasonings. Cook until onions begin to soften, a few minutes should do it. Then turn pot off.
  • Add tomato sauce and broth, stir contents.
  • Drop in frozen meatballs and stir again.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure cook high for 15 minutes. Do a quick release of steam when done.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese on top and enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Meatball Soup
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1306mg57%
Potassium 509mg15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 3545IU71%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
instant pot meatball soup with frozen meatballs
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Joyce M

Friday 12th of November 2021

Mine was way too thin. I thought I would try something a little different (Rotel)...it was way too hot for me...my husband too. Any ideas I can "tame, calm" it down? Thanks

The Typical Mom

Sunday 14th of November 2021

rotel is quite spicy so use diced tomatoes instead. It is not supposed to be a thick soup.

AMANDA

Monday 9th of November 2020

Can I add potatoes to it and what would the cook time be?

Jan

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Could cremini mushrooms be added to this soup? If so, could they be done with the onions etc?

Mr. Anonymous

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

This soup is SO GOOD!!!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

yay glad you loved it

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