Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup

This hearty and rich Italian meatball soup is made easily in the slow cooker. With only 4 WW smart points, it’s a delicious dinner or lunch idea!

Looking for a great weeknight dinner idea?  Give this Italian meatball soup a try!  Full of vegetables, hearty meatballs and pasta, you’d never know it was only 4 smart points.

This Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup is hearty, easy, and incredibly satisfying!  You'll never guess it's only 4 smart points per serving. #italian #meatball #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #weightwatchers #smartpoints #comfortfood

Much to my dismay, we still have a several weeks (or more) of summer and humidity left.  Ugh.  I know, I’m SO ready for Fall!  I’m a huge soup lover, and am so ready for all things comforting.  We eat soup year round, but there’s just something extra comforting and delicious about soup in the Fall!

Especially a soup like this hearty Italian meatball soup!  It’s light, but not light-tasting… which is the best kind of soup isn’t it?

Italian meatball soup in crockpot

Another great thing about this Italian meatball soup is that there’s nothing to pre-cook or brown… it all goes right in the slow cooker!


Normally, with freshly made meatballs, on the stovetop, they’d have to simmer for at least 20 minutes.  But in this soup, I’ve made it incredibly easy by using frozen fully cooked meatballs.  No messy meatball hands, and no guessing if the meatballs are cooked all the way through!

Bowl of hearty Italian meatball soup

This Italian meatball soup is only 4 Weight Watchers smart points per serving, but there are several ways to change that:


  • Use additional beef broth or water instead of the red wine
  • Use chicken meatballs
  • Use turkey meatballs
  • Use a less pasta


  • Use more meatballs
  • Use more pasta
  • Use the optional cheese garnish

Bowl of meatball soup with cheese on top

I know you may be wondering why on earth you’d want to INCREASE the points in a meal… and I know it seems a little counterintuitive.  But eating only 0-2/3 point foods will likely not keep you satisfied, and can lead to some unhealthy snacking, which totally undoes all the good you’ve been doing!  So sometimes adding a few extra points here and there (while still staying within your daily/weekly allowance) actually helps you stick to your healthy way of eating.

Ladle of Italian meatball soup in slow cooker



  • 6 quart slow cooker – This is a recent addition to my slow cooker collection, but it cooks wonderfully and the lid locks in place!

This Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup is hearty, easy, and incredibly satisfying!  You'll never guess it's only 4 smart points per serving. #italian #meatball #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #weightwatchers #smartpoints #comfortfood

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup

This hearty and rich Italian meatball soup is made easily in the slow cooker.
4.4 from 34 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings 10 servings
Calories 170


  • 3 medium carrots - , sliced
  • 2 ribs celery - , sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion - , diced
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 oz frozen Italian meatballs - (the fully cooked kind)
  • 32 oz beef broth - (reduced sodium)
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 oz dry red wine - (like a cabernet sauvignon)
  • 2 (15 oz each) cans diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
  • 3/4 cup dry ditalini pasta
  • 3-5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese - (optional and not included in point value)


  • To a 6 quart or larger slow cooker, add carrots, celery, onion, Italian seasoning, black pepper, bay leaf, meatballs, broth, water, wine, and canned tomatoes.
  • Stir to combine, cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, until vegetables are tender and flavors are combined.
  • Stir in ditalini pasta, cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes, until pasta is tender. Remove bay leaf and stir in spinach until wilted.
  • Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired (this is not included in the point value).


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If changing the recipe serving quantity, the recipe plugin will change the ingredient values for you, but it does NOT change the written instructions, those are manually added and not subject to a slider/button. You will have to extrapolate that multiplication to any amounts listed in the instructions.

For example: if an ingredient calls for 4 cups, and you doubled the recipe, it will automatically change to 8 cups. In the instructions, if I say “use 4 cups of cheese”, you will have to realize that since you doubled it, you use 8 cups, not 4

Calories: 170 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 317mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 77.8% | Vitamin C: 5.8% | Calcium: 3.7% | Iron: 5.5%

I’m not a nutritionist, and nutritional values here on my recipes should be used for general information purposes only.  This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new diet and fitness regimen.

This Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup is hearty, easy, and incredibly satisfying!  You'll never guess it's only 4 smart points per serving. #italian #meatball #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #weightwatchers #smartpoints #comfortfood

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60 comments on “Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup”

  1. This is my 3rd time making this, it’s delicious! I use the frozen Italian meatballs from Costco and it’s perfect. But I’m running into the problem of the pasta getting mushy by the time I go for a second bowl. I have already tried keeping the cooker on low while the pasta is cooking as well as turning off the slow cooker right after the pasta is cooked and cooling the leftovers down, but more liquid seems to get absorbed by the pasta. What should I do?

  2. I just made this soup tonight, was absolutely delicious. Did add green beans and baby peas only because I love it in a soup. ..and made homemade meatball instead of frozen. The flavour in Your soup  was spot on, wouldn’t change a thing!!! 

  3. Was very interested until I read Frozen Meatballs.

  4. My husband and I ❤️ This recipe. I make it often. 

  5. Question: I don’t really understand this, but I can’t eat onions. However, I can use and eat onion powder or salt. Do you think I could sub?

  6. Do you suggest chicken broth if using chicken meatballs?

  7. Guess I should have read the other comments! Got the answer to my question! It’s in the crockpot now. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. What is a serving size for the 4 points?

  9. This was fantastic! Only change I made was used two cans of plain petit diced tomatoes. Already in my permanent recipe book. Husband is snoring after two bowls.

    • PS – I cooked it on the instant pot setting for soup for two minutes without noodles or spinach. After finished, I added the noodles on regular pressure cooker for one minute and let it rest about five minutes after releasing steam. Then just added the spinach for about twenty seconds with the lid on.

  10. Do you know how many green points? 

  11. Absolutely delicious!

  12. Hello, I’m making this tomarow how much spinach would you recommend for adult spinach?

  13. Is it OK to cook the pasta separately (in advance) and then add it in during the 6 hour slow cook?  If so, at what point can I add it in without the pasta getting overcooked? 

    • As written, the pasta doesn’t get overcooked any more than any other soup with pasta does, but if you’re worried, feel free to cook the pasta separately, but just stir it in at the end of cooking.

  14. This was so easy and so delicious but of course my slow cooker wasn’t quite big enough. But, still great.  

  15. My family and I love this soup. I’ve made it over and over and closely follow the recipe. Perfect. Recently served it with warm sourdough bread. So, so good.

  16. Amazing recipe! The red wine is essential for this recipe (in my opinion). It gives the broth such a beautiful depth and richness. I didn’t have spinach but it was ok and the crockpot wasn’t big enough so I used a le creuset dutch over and cooked till veggies were soft. I didn’t have Italian seasoning so I used the ones I have and made my own. Rosemary is so great with this soup! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  17. Hi, I Got all but how much is a serving???? One cup ??

  18. This was so yummy! Since we like spicy, I added one can rotel tomatoes and 3 cloves crushed garlic! I will definitely make this again!

  19. We’ve made a very similar soup for years and the whole family loves it. My brother even requests it for his birthday! This soup is very forgiving and can be changed up in a variety of ways to suit what you have on hand. I’ve used frozen meatballs at times, but I cut them in half because I like them bite sized. I’ve also made my own tiny meatballs and baked and frozen them so I could have them ready when I wanted a quick bowl. If you don’t like diced tomatoes, use crushed. Gives a different texture, but sometimes that May hit the spot. Change up or leave out some veggies. For a heartier meal I decrease the pasta or use just a small amount of rice, but then drizzle a beaten egg into the simmering soup at the very end. Cooks instantly. This recipe also cooks quickly on the stovetop if you use already cooked meatballs.

  20. Do I need to make any adjustments if I make my own meatballs and they don’t go in frozen.  Too much “junk” in store-bought frozen ones.

    • I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so I can’t say for certain, but I would probably brown the meatballs first so they don’t fall apart, and you’ll only need to add them the last 15-20 minutes or so.

      •  Made this soup over the weekend!  Delicious!  Thanks for sharing.  This one will become a part of our fall and winter soup rotation.

  21. I made this for supper tonight, not in the crock pot, just simmering on the stove. It is so good! My husband and 15-year-old son loved it. I put it on our rotating dinner list.

  22. My husband and kids loved this soup! I used the slow cook function on my instant pot and omitted the fresh spinach which I didn’t have on hand, otherwise made it according to the recipe. We all had seconds and there’s enough soup leftover for tomorrow’s dinner. Everyone agreed I should make it again! I will. Thank you!

  23. Can I use red wine vinegar as a substitute for red wine?

  24. Can this be made without the wine? I can’t have wine, as it gives me bad headaches. 

  25. Can you freeze this? 

  26. Can I cook on high and reduce time ?

  27. I don’t have a slow cooker. If I want to make this on my gas stove, how long would it need to simmer? Thank you.

  28. This soup was AMAZING! Thank you!

  29. What is the serving size?

  30. What is the serving size for the meatball soup? It’s sooo good but I need help figuring out the serving size please. Thank you!

  31. OMG this looks amazing and slow cooker meals are the best. I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  32. Delish!!!!  I used frozen Italian turkey meatballs and added 1/2 a large zucchini. Will make again. Thanks 🙂

  33. What a delicious hearty recipe for fall! YUM!

  34. Wow! This looks and sounds so good! I have to make it when the weather cools off!

  35. Ive made this recipe for over 20 yrs! Now ime alone and still make it to put in freezer. This is a hit, although I used real hamburger in my “hamburger soup”! I add a few more flavorful veggies and it rocks…..I eat 2 big bowls myself!!

  36. YUM!! Looks delicious! I can’t wait for soup season!

  37. My family would LOVE this!! It looks incredibly delicious!

  38. LOVE that this soup is made in the slow cooker! 🙂 It looks amazing.

  39. Ohhh I can’t WAIT to try this! Now, this recipe will be one of my favorites. Looks incredible! I like all the ingredients in it.