I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of this until I found a recipe while FoodGawking one day. When I expressed my utter joy in having discovered such a fantastic food, everyone laughed at me like I’d just discovered Google or something.
Perhaps your mom/grandma/Aunt Gus makes this, or maybe that café on the corner serves it for Tuesday lunch and you’ve already been there, done that.
But if you haven’t! Oh my. Give this a try. The key here is to layer the flavors, so be sure and take enough time between each step for the tastes to meld. I’ve simplified the recipe quite a bit, so if you’d like to make it more authentic, use your favorite meatball recipe.
Italian Wedding Soup
16 oz frozen Italian-style meatballs
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 cup minced onion
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
8 cups chicken stock (can use Better than Bouillon to make this)
1 cup orzo
10 oz ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onion, carrots and celery until the onion is transparent.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and meatballs, return to a boil, and cook until the pasta is soft, about ten minutes. Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning to your liking with salt and pepper. Add the spinach and simmer for a couple of minutes more.
Serve with Parmesan, if desired.
34 thoughts on “In the Kitchen: Italian Wedding Soup”
Mmmm…this sounds delicious! I don’t know if anybody else in my family would eat it, but I’d totally gobble it up.
I drained the juice and gave Monkey the stuff inside and he gobbled it UP.
I should know better than to read your Monday Meals posts! They always make me hungry! This looks really yummy. I’ve never tasted it but would like to very soon.
It’s easy to make, Jacqui! And the smell of it cooking is so comforting!
I love Italian wedding soup. I made something remarkably similar to it this weekend. I’d like to think of it as brilliant minds thinking alike!
I remember! You had a soup with spinach in it, right? Too funny.
Wow. This looks good. I’ve never heard of it until now.
Try it! It’s such a comforting, mild taste.
I am so bored in the kitchen department of my life right now, but this recipe excites me. I have heard of Italian Wedding soup, but have never had it. Your pictures looked so yummy that I MUST make this and I will. Thanks for the new spark in my burnt out kitchen.
Yay! I hope it turns out great.
I can’t believe I’ve never made this – its so good.
I will add it to our rotation next week 🙂 Yum. Soup is good & I bet kiddo would eat the meatballs!
I bet it ends up being a regular! It sure will be here now.
Tis the season for delicious soup recipes!
The temp dropped 40 degrees today, so yeah, bring on the soup!
That looks really good. And all of my crew loves meatballs, so it might actually get eaten if I make some for them. Question: What would you substitute for spinach, if you had to? My daughter’s allergic to spinach and I haven’t yet found anything good to replace it. Thanks!
Hi! Try escarole. It is delicious! My husband’s family is Italian and they only use escarole for Wedding Soup.
Will do. Thanks!
I love how “community” this comment section is! 🙂 Thanks for the help, Iris! Hope the kiddos like it, Desi.
Hubs was just asking me if knew how to make this. I told him he was out of luck. LOL
Uh oh! Now you’re telling a fib!
Oh God, I love soup too! I could eat it three meals a day.
Being married to an Italian Stallion, we eat homemade Wedding Soup at every major holiday. His family makes it with escarole instead of spinach, and none of the extra veggies. Store bought meatballs? These exist? Whaaaat?
I know, I’m a total fraud. But this recipe was nomworthy.
I love soup.
Yay soup! 🙂
–My Tummy is growling…Can you hear it?
I will definitely make this. YUMmmm. x
Then your tummy won’t growl anymore, Kim!
I bought the ingredients today! I cannot wait to try it.
I hope it turns out great for you! Remember to stir with a spoon and not your hand. 🙂 Love ya!
I’ve never tried Italian wedding soup before. It sounds like something I might like but it’s difficult sneaking celery to the husband and the kids.
Chop it up realllllly small! 🙂
This looks divine. I can not sneak vegetables into my kids’ food. They have some sort of radar. My husband has tried to add it to meat ball mixtures, chicken nugget coating, perogie filling and every single time my oldest pushes it away and asks for the old one (the boxed kind) I don’t know where he came from. Shaune and I eat as if it’s our jobs.
Those are some smart kids! Zucchini bread maybe? Good luck!
Hi! Your Italian wedding soup was nominated as one of the “Best Italian Wedding Soup Recipes on the Net”. To vote for it, please visit http://easyitalianrecipes.org/soup-recipes/best-italian-wedding-soup-recipes-on-the-net-vote-for-your-favorite/ (your recipe is positioned at #156).