One Pot Creamy Meatball Soup

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This one pot creamy meatball soup recipe is a low carb, hearty, and warming family favorite dinner in just one pot and under 40 minutes!

meatballs in a creamy soup with carrot and mushrooms

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Creamy meatball soup that is great for dinner parties, a winter dinner, or meal prep for busy weekday lunches that is paleo and keto diet compatible.

My husband and I have been on a low carb keto diet lately, and have been working hard on adding lots of delicious, easy recipes that we can make on busy weeknights and have to make-ahead so we’re not reaching for sugar-filled carb-packed foods in a pinch.

While we’ve had a lot of luck with easy creamy dinners, it’s been a little hard to find dinners the whole family will eat – diet or not.

This delicious, rich, and hearty meatball soup is a dish you’ll want to serve again and again – and is great for dinner parties, guests, or fancier dinners!

This soup also reheats well, so it’s a perfect meal prep recipe to make ahead of a busy work week, so you can have a hearty, healthy, low carb meal you can eat again and again at work or on the go!

meatballs in a creamy soup with carrot and mushrooms

How To Freeze Creamy Meatball Soup

If you want to make a big double batch of this creamy meatball soup, or you want to freeze leftovers, I’m giving tips for how to freeze and reheat this soup. 

For best results when freezing and reheating, please follow my tips below:

-Freeze in the smallest amount possible.

-For best results, add just the amount you will eat when reheating to a bag – it will freeze faster and thaw more evenly so there is less chance of freezer burn.

-Freeze in freezer-style plastic bags that can lay flat.

-This will help the soup to freeze.

-Do not overfill bags.

-Let freeze flat to “set”.

-Keep in freezer less than three months.

-Let thaw naturally in refrigerator, and then simmer to reheat.

-Add up to 2 cups of water (slowly, add as you go) if creamy soup is too thick when re-heated.

Tips To Perfect Creamy Soup

If you’re looking to make the perfect rich, hearty, and creamy soup, these tips will help you get the best results, every time! 

-Drain the fat. While I often don’t drain the fat from recipes (especially keto recipes, which specifically call for more fat) – I do drain the fat for cream-based dishes, since the oil will float on top of the cream.

This makes no difference in flavor – but is a bit less appealing looking. 

-Brown the meatballs and vegetables well.

Creating caramelization on the meatballs and the vegetables in this soup brings tons of flavor without adding calories – so don’t skimp out on browning the meatballs and vegetables. 

-When adding cream, remove from heat and whisk cream in until evenly incorporated. Then return to heat to bring to a gentle boil and let reduce. 

-For extra rich and creamy soup, add up to 6oz. cream cheese. This will give your soup a smooth, creamy, and incredibly thick cheesy flavor! 

meatballs in a creamy soup with carrot and mushrooms


Other easy one pot low carb dinners:

If you’re looking for other easy hearty keto recipes, paleo recipes, and low carb recipes, you’re going to love these simple dishes:

My family also loves, Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs, Low Carb Paleo Buttery Crackle Chicken Thighs, One Pot Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms, and One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet.

Other Easy hearty soups you’ll love:

If you love this easy creamy one pot creamy meatball soup, you will love these other easy soups that are all one pot and under 40 minutes to make:

Also try Instant Pot Skinny Steak Soup- Just 3 Points!, One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Skillet Soup, 10 Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup (Instant Pot, Stovetop, or Slow Cooker), and Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Hazelnuts.

Click here to see all our soup recipes!

meatballs in a creamy soup with carrot and mushrooms

To Make This One Pot Creamy Meatball Soup Recipe, You’ll Need:

This one pot creamy meatball soup is one of my favorite easy dinners because it doesn’t involve any special cookware – you probably have everything you need on hand already. 

-Large stock pot or enameled dutch oven

-Slotted Spoon

-Plate (to hold browned meatballs)


-Sharp knife



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A keto-friendly meatball soup recipe with mushrooms, cooked in one pot.

One Pot Creamy Meatball Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Easy, delicious, and under 40 minutes - this one pot creamy meatball soup recipe is a low carb, hearty, and warming family favorite dinner! Creamy meatball soup that is great for dinner parties, a winter dinner, or meal prep for busy weekday lunches that is paleo and keto diet compatible.


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage, mild or spicy
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celery, finely minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup garlic, diced
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced into thin half-rounds
  • 12 oz beef stock
  • 1 tbsp Italian herb seasoning blend
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. For the meatballs:
  2. For meatballs combine the ground pork, italian sausage, onion, garlic, and egg in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Roll into 2" (golfball sized) balls.
  4. Let chill 1 hour in refrigerator to set.
  5. For the soup:
  6. Add olive oil to pan or dutch oven, and heat on medium high until shimmery.
  7. Add meatballs and brown on all sides, about 3-5 minutes per side (1-2 minutes if cooking pre-cooked/frozen meatballs).
  8. When meatballs are lightly browned on all sides, remove from pan and set aside.
  9. Add onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, and celery to pot or dutch oven.
  10. Brown vegetables until soft, another 5-8 minutes.
  11. Add stock, herbs, and meatballs to pot and increase heat to high.
  12. Let stock reduce down by half.
  13. Turn heat off and slowly add in cream, whisking as it is added.
  14. Whisk vigorously to incorporate into soup.
  15. Return heat to medium and whisk in parmesan cheese.
  16. Let come to a rolling boil and thicken, another 2-4 minutes.
  17. When soup is thickened, serve.


You can use frozen premade meatballs if you prefer.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 682Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 26gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 187mgSodium 1167mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 34g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. This soup is amazing!! My boys (3,5,7) all said it was soooo delicious… they called it “gravy”! Hearty and rich, this is going to be a house staple. I plan on making this one of my potluck dishes, too. Love love love!

  2. This is an amazing flavorful, creamy, hardy soup! I would suggest tho you take your time and let the meatballs cook low and slow … I did as recipe called for and thought they would “finish” once in pot with mirepoix and stock but they didnt… still had some pink inside and I had to cut in half and cook longer… pink in beef yeah ok but not pork! I decided to use a veggie stock instead of beef and with as many meatballs as the recipe made you’ll need more stock and cream than calls for…. Make in BIG soup pot!! Worth seconds and worth making again, the hubs said it was a keeper….