Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Easy Italian wedding soup

Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

This easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe doesn’t get much easier than this! Buon appetito!

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Easy Italian wedding soup

This Italian Wedding Soup recipe is outta this world! I made enough in the hopes we could have soup for days and that’s exactly what we did. I really can’t think of anything better than pasta, meatballs and vegetables in a hot broth. Italian Wedding Soup…delizioso!

You like meatballs, check out my Baked Italian Meatball recipe.

Beef and pork packages in a bowl

How do you make Italian Wedding Soup from scratch?

Well, Italian Wedding Soup all starts with the meatballs…and they are the best part! Now I usually make my meatballs with ground beef, ground pork and ground veal, but this time I just used ground beef and ground pork. Either way, they’re delicious so go with what you like.

Meat in a bowl with seasoning
Ground meat with egg and cheese in a bowl
Meatball mixture with breadcrumb

First, in a large bowl, add the egg, breadcrumb, cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. With clean hands, mix all together until fully combined. You may need to add more breadcrumbs depending on how wet your mixture is.

Raw meatballs on a tray

Once the meat is all mixed, pull little pieces off and start rolling them into little balls…about 1″ big.

They don’t need to be perfect…in fact, they don’t even need to be perfect circles. Just make sure they’re not too big.

Meatballs frying in a pot

Next, heat some oil in a large Dutch Oven. When hot, add the meatballs. Don’t over cook these here…you just want to get them browned. They’re so small, figure 3-4 minutes total with constant rolling.

Vegetables cooking in pot
Vegetables and garlic cooking

Next, remove the meatballs and set aside. Cover. To the same pot, add the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. You may need to add a little more olive oil here.

Once the veggies are cooked, add the garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds just to add some flavor.

Chicken broth and seasoning cooking

Next, add the chicken broth and the Italian seasoning and bring to a boil. Once the broth is boiling, drop the heat and simmer.

Italian wedding soup

Finally, add your meatballs and your Acini di Pepe and cook for 10 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through and the pasta is ready.

Italian wedding soup

Buon appetito!


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Easy Italian wedding soup

Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

This Italian Wedding Soup recipe is outta this world! I made enough in the hopes we could have soup for days and that's exactly what we did. I really can't think of anything better than pasta, meatballs and vegetables in a hot broth. Italian Wedding Soup…delizioso!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Dutch oven

Ingredients
  

Meatballs

  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup 1 cup breadcrumb can use more or less depending on your mixture
  • ¼ cup parmigiano-reggiano (or parmesan) grated
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 6 oz spinach can use kale too

Soup

  • cup onions diced
  • cup carrots diced
  • cup celery diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz acini di pepe
  • parmigiano-reggiano optional
  • fresh parsley chopped, optional

Instructions
 

Make the meatballs

  • In a large bowl, combine the meats, egg, breadcrumb, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parmigiana-reggiano.
    Meatball mixture with breadcrumb
  • Using clean hands, mixture the ingredients all together. You may have to use more breadcrumbs as you go along to get the right consistency. You don't want it too wet but you also don't want it too dry.
    Mixing meat with hands
  • These meatballs are meant to be small (about 1") so once the meat is mixed, take a small amount of meat and roll it into a small ball. They don't need to be completely packed, a loose meatball is just fine for this recipe.
    Raw meatballs on a tray

Fry the meatballs

  • Heat some olive oil in the Dutch Oven. When hot, add the meatballs and fry, rolling frequently until they are brown on all sides. About 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.
    Meatballs frying in a pot

Cook the soup

  • Add a bit more olive oil to the pot if needed. Add the vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes or so.
    Vegetables cooking in pot
  • Add the garlic and let cook for about 30 seconds to a minute.
    Vegetables and garlic cooking
  • Add the broth and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. When boiling, drop the heat and simmer.
    Chicken broth and seasoning cooking
  • Add the meatballs back to the pot along with the acini di pepe. Cook for 10 minutes until the pasta and meatballs are cooked.
    Meatballs cooking in soup
  • Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to taste.
    Spinach in soup cooking

Notes

Top with fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano (or Parmesan) and some parsley (if you’d like).
Keyword italian soup, italian wedding soup, soup with pasta
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