Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Italian Wedding Soup

I switched up our meal plan a little bit again.  I decided since it was a bit chilly to have soup tonight.  Basically, I just switched the pepperoni roll-ups with italian wedding soup no big deal.  It's going to get back up into the 50's and everyone knows soup is more enjoyable on a cold night ;)

Italian wedding soup is one of my favorite soups EVER!  My daughter made some at a friends house years ago and it was the best soup ever.  I have been searching high and low for a recipe as good as theirs since I didn't get the recipe back then.  I wish I could just call them up and ask, but they moved out of state and so did we.  I have tried many restaurant versions and nothing comes close.

When I saw the recipe on Cinnamon Girl Recipes I knew I had to give it a try.  It sounded similar to the flavor combination I remembered.  So I decided to give it a shot and see what happens.  I made a few slight changes because I knew there were some slight differences.

Italian Wedding Soup


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4-1/2 cup bread crumbs (you don't want it too wet otherwise they won't stick together)
  • 2 TBS parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2-3 TBS olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or 4 cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 6 cups chicken broth (I used about 7 to use up the carton in my fridge)
  • 2/3 cup tubeltini or ditalini (I used mini seashells because I couldn't find these)
  • 1 container frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Mix all the meatball ingredients together and form into small balls, about the size of a quarter and set aside
  2. In a large stock pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion, celery, and carrots; season with salt and pepper and saute until tender, about 10 minutes
  3. When veggies are tender add garlic and basil.  Cook until fragrant
  4. Add chicken broth, bring to a slow boil, and then gently add meatballs one at a time
  5. Add pasta and spinach then simmer for 25 minutes
  6. Stir in parsley and parmesan cheese
This was really good!  Everyone loved it.  My daughter had 3 servings and my son had seconds.  There is still something missing from the recipe I remember, but this is the closest I have had.  I think I will add more garlic next time and maybe use italian seasoning bread crumbs in the meatballs.  Definitely worth a try :)  


  1. Looks yummy,thanks for following,following back :)

  2. This is such a lovely soup. Your version looks delicious. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

    1. Welcome! So glad you found some useful recipes! Thanks for stopping and hope you come back soon :)

  3. This soup reminds me of my mom's recipe for Meatball Garden Stew :) Thanks for follow my blog, LBOW :) I'm a new FB, Twitter and GFC follower here, now :)

    1. I've never heard of meatball garden stew. I just looked it up and that sounds fabulous! I am freakishly in love with soup ;) I will definitely give that a try! Thanks for the follow back :)

  4. Thanks for linking up with us over at Crafty Girl Squared. We're big fans of soup. :) My sister makes Rachel Ray's recipe for Wedding Soup and it's pretty darned tasty! If I remember correctly, it also has chunks of chicken in it. Could that be what's missing? Thanks again for linking up with us!

    1. I don't remember chicken in it, but I am a HUGE Rachel Ray fan. She has some spectacular recipes. I will be making her Chicken and Dumplings next month...YUM! I will definitely look up that recipe and give it a try. Thanks so much for the info :)

  5. This is one of my favorite soups and I've never made it. I no excuse now. Thanks for sharing.

    Home Cooking

    1. I never made it either and I was really surprised by how easy it was! I will be making more often that is for sure :)

  6. That looks Delish! Unfortunately I am oddly allergic to spinach so Wedding soup is off limits for me :( Thanks for linking up to the Pinned it, Made it! Pary :)

    1. Oh no! It definitely wouldn't be the same without the spinach.

  7. Geez that looks so yummy! I would love a bowl right now! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  8. I love Italian Wedding Soup! I will have to give this one a try...pinning it now!


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