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How to Make Italian Wedding Soup

Updated on October 2, 2017
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Italian Wedding Soup

It's been a long cold winter so far here in Ontario, Canada and I've been busy making soup a little more than the average year. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy soup and make it all year round, but because of the harsh winter it seems to be on our menu more so these days.

Today I decided to make Italian Wedding Soup, a favorite of my husbands. I'm not too sure and maybe someone could tell me, but traditionally are the meatballs in this kind of soup made with beef? I've always made them with pork myself but I am curious what most people use. I would like to try making the meatballs from ground lamb one day soon as well.

I've broken the following recipe up into two sections so that I could show you how I make the meatballs, and then the soup.

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Meat in Italian Wedding Soup

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Ingredients

For the meatballs
For the meatballs

The first step to making Italian Wedding Soup is to make the meatballs. This is the most time consuming part of this recipe. If you prefer not to make the meatballs and skip this step all together my suggestions would be to use any of the following:

1. Frozen meatballs

2. Cut up sausages

3. Leave out the meat altogether

4. Add ground meat

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: one hour

Serves: 4 - 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground pork (I used Italian mild)
  • 1/2 of a cooking onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. of basil
  • 1/2 tsp. of oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. of thyme
  • 1/4 plus 3 tbs of breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg beaten

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl add the ground pork, chopped onion and garlic, spices, and bread crumbs mixing well.
  2. Next add the beaten egg and again mix really well.
  3. Here come the fun part. You can make the meatballs as small or as big as you like. I prefer mine small.
  4. With a measuring spoon, measure out slightly over a tsp. of the meat mixture.
  5. Roll between the palms of your hands. Place on a plate.
  6. Once all the meatballs are made, set aside until you have the soup made.
  7. I set my meatballs in the refrigerator until I'm ready for them.
  8. Please note: The meatballs can be made the day before and stored covered in the refrigerator.
5 stars from 1 rating of Pork Meatballs

Photo Tutorial - Making Meatballs

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Mixing the ingredientsAdd the beaten egg and mix well againMeasuring out the meat to make the meatballs. Slightly over a tablespoon for small meatballs.Meatballs are made, set on a plate, and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
Mixing the ingredients
Mixing the ingredients
Add the beaten egg and mix well again
Add the beaten egg and mix well again
Measuring out the meat to make the meatballs. Slightly over a tablespoon for small meatballs.
Measuring out the meat to make the meatballs. Slightly over a tablespoon for small meatballs.
Meatballs are made, set on a plate, and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
Meatballs are made, set on a plate, and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4-8 depending on serving size

Ingredients

For Italian Wedding Soup
For Italian Wedding Soup

Onto the Soup - Let's Get Cooking!

  • 1 Tbs. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 of a large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth *optional
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 6 squares of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of Acini di Pepe pasta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a 6 quart stock pot or Dutch oven heat the EVO (extra virgin olive oil)
  2. Prepare onion, garlic, and carrots
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook for approximately 4 minutes
  4. Add the broth to the pot. I happened to have vegetable stock left from a meal I made last night so I added it to the pot.
  5. Add the prepared carrots and bring everything to a boil.
  6. Add 6 squares of frozen spinach. Please see picture below for the size of the squares.
  7. Next add the pasta and stir.
  8. On a slated spoon carefully add the meatballs to the pot and gently stir.
  9. Cover and turn the heat down to a simmer, and continue to cook for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Serve and ENJOY!
  11. Along with the soup I served a salad and fresh buns with butter.

Photo Tutorial - Making the Soup

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Prepare the onion and garlicAdd the brothPrepare the carrotsAdd the carrots to the potSpinach squares that come like this in the bag of frozen spinachAdd the spinach to the potAdd the pastaNext carefully on a slotted spoon add the meatballsSoup is now ready to serve and ENJOY!
Prepare the onion and garlic
Prepare the onion and garlic
Add the broth
Add the broth
Prepare the carrots
Prepare the carrots
Add the carrots to the pot
Add the carrots to the pot
Spinach squares that come like this in the bag of frozen spinach
Spinach squares that come like this in the bag of frozen spinach
Add the spinach to the pot
Add the spinach to the pot
Add the pasta
Add the pasta
Next carefully on a slotted spoon add the meatballs
Next carefully on a slotted spoon add the meatballs
Soup is now ready to serve and ENJOY!
Soup is now ready to serve and ENJOY!

Handy Kitchen Tools - For Making This Recipe

Cuisinart 744-24 Chef's Classic Stainless Stockpot with Cover, 6-Quart
Cuisinart 744-24 Chef's Classic Stainless Stockpot with Cover, 6-Quart

For this recipe I used a six quart stainless pot. I find this pot great for soups, stews, chili's, potatoes, and when I need to cook large quantities of vegetables. A great addition to any kitchen.

 

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Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave me a comment to let me know that you were here. - What is your favorite type of soup to eat or make?

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks Charli! Too much winter this year though :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @susan-sproull-3: Al always ordered Italian Wedding soup when we would go to East Side Mario's and was always asking me to try to make this soup at home. Now when I have the time to make the little meat balls I make it for him. Campbell's soup also has a pretty good Italian Wedding soup.

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      A lens simmering with warmth and deliciousness! You make great soups--good thing you have winter!

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      susan-sproull-3 

      4 years ago

      Susan, I have never had Italian Wedding Soup. It sounds like a yummy hearty soup. My favorite soup to eat is lentil.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @smine27: Hope that you enjoy it.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I have never heard of this soup so I shall be making this soon.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Merrci: Please let me know if you write a recipe lens for your soup as I'd love to see it and add it to my contributors page.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: So glad that this is yours and your sons favorite. Thanks so much for the pin and I hope you enjoy the soup as much as we do. Hubby almost polished off the pot when he got home last night :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RealHousewife: Oh cheddar bacon potato sounds delicious! Hope that you enjoy the wedding soup as much as we do.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks Christy!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I'll definitely try this. I love Italian wedding soup (turkey meatballs for me). Not sure I have a favorite but I'm making one with cauliflower this afternoon. Sounds so good for a cold evening. Great lens with all the photos.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      SUSAN!!! thank you, I'm pinning this - I've never had a recipe for this, and it's my favorite and my youngest sons favorite - Pinning it to my food board :)

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      RealHousewife 

      4 years ago

      I just finished making my personal favorite...Cheddar Bacon Potato!

      I love Wedding Soup but ice never tried to make it...I know I'd use pork for my meatballs for sure! I'm putting this on my list for next week!

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      ChristyZ 

      4 years ago

      This sounds like a great soup, perfect for February.

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