This quick, healthy, easy meatball soup with whole wheat orzo and vegetables will warm you on the chilliest of days without leaving you with that heavy, over-full feeling.

Overhead of two servings of meatball soup in white bowls on brown striped cloth.

My life is all about soup, slow cookers, and easy dinners lately. Ben’s job is busier than ever and he’s home for dinner two nights a week, if we’re lucky. Soup is the perfect solution because it can easily be kept warm or reheated when he gets home. Not only that, but it’s typically also a healthy option.

 I’ve teamed up with al fresco® to create this easy meatball soup recipe and to chat with you a little about staying healthy. I recently rejoined the gym after our move (and taking a little too much time off) and I feel like I’m finally getting back in a groove. The kind of groove where if I go a couple days without working out, I start to feel a little crazy.

Overhead of meatball soup in bowls.
And on those days when I don’t feel like working out? I think of the kids (I wrote that post three years ago but it still applies!). I remind myself that living a healthy lifestyle won’t only (HOPEFULLY) make my pants a little looser, but it will also do my body lots of favors that can’t be seen by the naked eye. I remind myself that personal wellness is of utmost importance so that I can be around for a long time — my family needs me. A balanced lifestyle can even contribute to breast cancer prevention, something al fresco is also passionate about. They’ve partnered with The Ellie Fund to #FightBackBetter and provide meals to breast cancer patients.
If you’re not familiar with The Ellie Fund (it’s okay, I wasn’t either!), their mission is to provide essential support services for breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery and healing. They provide transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and nutritious meals free of charge through their Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program which helps to relieve a patient’s burden while in treatment.

Meatball soup in bowls, with package of al fresco chicken meatballs in background.

PS: I’m loving all the giving-back brands are doing…what a great way to go into the Thanksgiving season! Be grateful for what you have and pass the blessings along to others!
A couple of bowls filled with meatball soup.
This soup comes together in about 30 minutes thanks to al fresco’s chicken meatballs. They’re flavorful, and you can use them in soups, stir-fry dinners and sheet pan meals. I think they’re the perfect addition to this cozy, healthy soup.  This meatball soup with orzo is fabulous reheated the next day, too!

More healthy soup ideas

Overhead of meatball soup served in white bowls.

Easy Meatball Soup with Orzo (healthy!)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This quick, healthy, easy meatball soup with whole wheat orzo and vegetables will warm you on the chilliest of days without leaving you with that heavy feeling.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onion (one small yellow onion)
  • 1 cup diced carrot (about 4 small carrots or 2 large)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 18 ounces al fresco Caramelized Onion Chicken Meatballs (found in freezer section)
  • 4 cups (packed) baby kale or spinach
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat orzo
  • Water if desired to thin (I added two cups)


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until starting to soften (3-4 minutes). Add meatballs and continue to saute until onions are translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add kale and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth and increase heat to high to bring to boil. Once boiling, add orzo and cook for 9 minutes or as directed on package. Add water as necessary after pasta is cooked to thin soup to desired consistency.
  4. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 764mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 16g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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