Italian Wedding Soup

From scratch meatballs, spinach, and pasta combined with chicken broth makes this soup filling without being heavy. Serve with your favorite bread or rolls for a fantastic cold weather supper or lunch.
Italian Wedding Soup is perfect way to warm your insides up when it's cold. Homemade meatballs, spinach and pasta in a savory broth make for a delicious dinner. www.cookingmimi.com

 

It’s Secret Recipe Club time for December. This is also my last one with Group A. I’ve been in the same group since I started in 2011 and figured it was time to move to another group so I can find some new blogs.

Back to this month. I was assigned Things I Make (for Dinner). Sarah is Canadian and has some delicious looking recipes. I had a hard time deciding what to make. My first thought was Buffalo Chicken Soup because I adore all Buffalo chicken and soup. Shirley Temple cupcakes would make the kidlets happy. But when all was said and done I went with the recipe for Italian Wedding Soup.

I made a few changes to Sarah’s recipe. Instead of the ground beef called for I used a mix of ground turkey and pork. I like to use half pork in my meatballs now and the ground turkey was about a dollar a pound cheaper than the beef so that’s why I used that instead. Also I used pastina instead of the macaroni and I browned the meatballs in the oil before adding the veggies.

 

Italian wedding soup from cookingmimi.com

This is probably my new favorite soup. The meatballs and pasta gave it some body but the brothiness of the soup kept it from being too heavy. This is one soup I will make frequently.

5 from 3 votes
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Italian Wedding Soup

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Micha M

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

For the soup:

  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1 large or 2 small/medium carrots , peeled and diced
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups pastina or orzo
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • To taste: salt and black pepper

Instructions

For the meatballs

  1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Form using a Tablespoon or small cookie scoop.

For the soup:

  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over moderate heat
  2. Add 1/2 the meatballs and cook for 3-5 minutes per side until browned. They will finish cooking in the soup so don't worry about cooking them through. Remove and set aside. Repeat with other half of the meatballs.
  3. Add the carrots and onion to the soup pot. Cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
  4. Add four cups of chicken broth and water. Cover and bring to a boil
  5. Add the meatballs and pasta to the broth mixture and cook until the meatballs are cooked through and have reached 165 F.Add the other two cups of broth if needed.
  6. Add the spinach and let wilt.

 

Italian wedding soup- Cookin' Mimi
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Comments

  1. What a fantastic choice for SRC this month Micha! This soup is a family favorite of my husband’s Italian family and he is begging me for it after seeing your post! πŸ™‚

  2. I can’t believe I’ve still yet to try this popular soup! Going on the winter bucket list! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ Looks delicious, I LOVE a good soup!! πŸ˜€ Nice choice for the SRC! πŸ˜€

  3. Yum, Italian wedding soup is one of my favorites. My mom actually made it while we were there for Thanksgiving. The turkey and pork meatballs sound delicious!

  4. MMMMM I wanna make this!! My dad and I used to always get East Side Mario’s wedding soup πŸ™‚ Reminds me of him

  5. Yay! I love this soup! Glad you enjoyed it too πŸ™‚

  6. This is my dad’s all time favorite soup…definitely makes me think of him! πŸ™‚ lovely recipe.

  7. There is something I find so comfoting about meatball soups…not sure what it is?! I had your blog this month Micha and made your deviled eggs – brilliant! πŸ™‚

  8. Oh my goodness this recipe looks delicious! Pinning for future reference!

  9. Oh My Goodness Micha this looks so good!! I am putting this on next week’s meal plan right now!!

  10. This looks so deelish Micha!! Glad you could link it up with us this week πŸ˜‰
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