Best Italian Wedding Soup

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour

This crowd-pleasing traditional Italian Wedding Soup recipe is made with plenty of veggies, flavorful meatballs and pasta. Always a family favorite!

Best italian wedding soup

My husband is Italian and one of the many perks of being married to an Italian is that we’ve had the opportunity to attend several Italian weddings over the years.

Liz Slicing Carrots


With soup season quickly approaching, I figured it was a good time to recreate one of our favorite Italian soups at home which is what inspired this homemade Italian wedding soup recipe.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup in a bowl

If you’re not familiar, the term “wedding soup” stems from the Italian phrase “minestra maritata” which essentially means married soup. What is married you ask? The combination of flavors between the greens and meat. How cool is that?

Rolling Meatballs

One of my secret tips for the meatballs is to add in grated parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil. This will help keep the meatballs moist and in-tact without relying on eggs or breadcrumbs.

Italian Wedding Soup with Parmesan Cheese

While I have nothing wrong with eggs or breadcrumbs, they don’t add flavor quite as well as cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Additionally, this keeps the meatballs gluten free.

For the pasta, traditionally it calls for acini de pepe pictured above but any small pasta works great including orzo. My kids love the little stars I find in specialty stores.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup in a bowl

Lastly, before serving, stir in baby spinach just until wilted. This should only take about 2 minutes total. You’ll know the spinach is perfect when it’s bright green.  Your spoon is waiting.

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Best Italian Wedding Soup

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This crowd-pleasing traditional Italian Wedding Soup recipe is made with plenty of veggies, flavorful meatballs and pasta. Always a family favorite!
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour
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Servings6

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 6 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 8 ounces acini de pepe or orzo (uncooked )
  • fresh parsley and parmesan cheese (optional garnish, to serve)

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground sirloin or turkey
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • ¼ cup parsley (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the meatballs: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together all meatball ingredients: ground meat through pepper. Roll into small meatballs using a small cookie scoop or a large tablespoon then place in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through; set aside.
  • While meatballs are baking, begin making soup by heating olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrot, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Saute until veggies are tender, about 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour broth into the pot then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
  • Add meatballs and pasta to the pot and cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in spinach right before serving and heat until wilted, about 2 minutes. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and grated parmesan cheese to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 23gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1218mgPotassium: 790mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5579IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 4mg

Interested in more soup recipes? Check out my Pinterest board!

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    Sasha

    Greetings! I am new to meal prepping and was wondering is this soup good to go to the freezer or do we omit anything and cook later? Thank you.

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.