Keto Meatball Soup {Whole30 & Paleo}

This Keto Meatball Soup is easy to prepare, hearty, and loaded with fresh veggies and flavor. Best of all, the meatballs can be made ahead of time and it freezes nicely. 

Keto Meatball Soup {#Paleo #Keto #Whole30 #LowCarb #GlutenFree #Whole30}

Since it’s getting warmer outside I know most people are getting out of the mood for soup but I promise, this soup is good no matter what the weather!

It’s easy to prepare, hearty, and loaded with fresh veggies and flavor.  And if you’re short on time, the keto meatballs can be made ahead of time or even frozen.


keto meatball soup instructions:

mixing ingredients in food procesor

For the meatballs, I’ve added some sneaky veggies. I add an onion, 2 handfuls of spinach, and 3 cloves of garlic to a food processor and process until everything is in very small pieces.


Meatball Soup - Meatballs in baking pan

Then, I add the spinach/onion mixture to a large bowl along with 2 lbs. beef, sea salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, and parsley and mix everything together. Then I roll the mixture into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. The meatballs are also great on their own, as a snack, in lunchboxes, or with lots of dishes!!!


Keto Soup:

While the meatballs are cooking, I make the soup.


Soup simmering before meatballs are added

For the soup I saute carrots, onion, celery, and garlic in a heavy-bottomed pot. Then I add basil, oregano, thyme, tomato paste, a bay leaf, chopped zucchini, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. I let that simmer about 20 minutes to infuse all that yummy flavor.

When it’s done simmering I add some balsamic vinegar for nice depth of flavor, salt, pepper, and the meatballs. Then it’s ready to eat!!! And whatever is leftover (if there is any) can be stored in the fridge or it also freezes nicely.


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Overhead shot of meatball soup in pot

Paleo & Keto Meatball Soup

This keto meatball soup is easy to prepare, hearty, and loaded with fresh veggies and flavor. Best of all, the meatballs can be made ahead of time and it freezes nicely. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: gluten free, keto, Main Course, paleo, whole30
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto dinner, keto meatball soup, keto meatballs, keto soup, meatball soup, paleo dinner, paleo meatballs, paleo soup
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Cassidy

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  • 2 Lb. Ground Beef
  • 2 Handfuls Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasonings
  • 2 Tbsp. Parsley


  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or oil of choice
  • 1 Small Onion diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Medium Carrot Peeled and Diced
  • 1 Stalk of Celery Chopped
  • 2 tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 32 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 32- oz. Low Sodium Beef or Chicken Broth
  • 1 Medium Zucchini - Chopped into Halves or Quarters
  • 1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt to taste (at least 1/2 tsp.)
  • Pepper to taste (at least 1/4 tsp.)


For the meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x11 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, add the spinach, garlic, and onion. Then process until everything is in very small pieces. Add the spinach/onion mixture to a large mixing bowl along with the ground beef, sea salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, and Parsley. Mix well.
  • Roll into meatballs and place into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until cooked through.

For the soup:

  • Add the oil to large heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven and heat over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Saute until veggies are slightly soft, around 4 minutes.
  • Add the basil, oregano, and thyme. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, chicken or beef broth, and zucchini.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. Taste soup, if it tastes flat, it needs more salt.
  • Add the meatballs to the soup and serve!
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To make this lower-carb, omit the carrot, zucchini, and reduce the onion to 1/2. This will make one serving have 7 net carbs.
Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Keto Meatball Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 689mg 29%
Potassium 1059mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 39.3%
Vitamin C 30.7%
Calcium 13.8%
Iron 33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.

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Posted May 7, 2018 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Keto, Nut Free, Paleo, Soups, Whats For Dinner?, Whole30 / 67 Comments


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67 responses to “Keto Meatball Soup {Whole30 & Paleo}

  1. Dottie Wilkes

    The most flavorful tasting soup. I made tiny 4 oz meatballs which I browned in fry pan first. We like spice so I added extra garlic, salt and celery flakes, onion powder and pepper. Absolutely delicious.

  2. Lucinda

    My family loves this recipe! It is delicious and I have used the meatball recipe for other things also. I was wondering if there was a way to do the whole thing in the instant pot? If so, do you have directions or guidelines for that? Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    • Hi Licinda!Thank you, I’m happy you like it! I’m sure it could be made in the Instant Pot, but I don’t have directions for it yet. I’m going to try to get Instant Pot directions soon though, sorry!


  3. daprncs

    5 Stars all the way!!!!!!!!Thanks so much for sharing. Mama Mia this soup is fantastic! Very filling & satisfying. I grew up with Italian Grandparents. Whenever Nanny would make zuppa (soup) she always sprinkled a small amount of Parmesan on top . I did the same & highly recommend! I love the texture that baking the meatballs first versus putting them in the soup raw makes. I made them big…thinking next time I might make mini meatballs….we’ll see. Thanks Again for an awesome recipe.

    • Hi Remate!

      I don’t see why it couldn’t be made in the crock pot, but without trying for myself I can’t give you temperature or cooking times. I’ll have test it and get back with you! If you give it a try be sure to come back and tell me how it turned out!!!


  4. Deonna

    I love this soup! You can make it in an instant pot too and it comes out great! Just do the soup in the instant pot and meatballs in oven. My picky child with autism loves it too! Fabulous!

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