5 from 3 votes
Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Italian wedding soup is so comforting and perfect for a large crowd. Full of veggies and delicious meatballs, this hearty soup is a winner!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian wedding soup
Servings: 8 people
Author: Tania
  • 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup acini de pepe pasta or other small pasta (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 oz fresh spinach, chopped (about 4-5 cups)
  1. Make the meatballs: combine all the meatball ingredients in large bowl until evenly combined. Do not overmix. Shape into small balls, about 1 inch or smaller.

  2. Heat a large Dutch oven to medium heat. In batches, sear the meatballs until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Do not overcrowd, otherwise the meatballs will steam and not brown. Meatballs won’t be fully cooked at this point. Transfer meatballs to a plate and set aside.

  3. In the same pot, add about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute carrots, onion, and celery until softened, about 10 minutes. Then add garlic, and saute for another minute or 2.

  4. Add chicken broth and water, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and meatballs, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15-18 minutes (half-covered), or until pasta is tender and meatballs are thoroughly cooked.

  5. Add spinach and simmer for another minute. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

  6. Serve with some Italian bread and cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes
  1. Acini de pepe is a small round shaped pasta. If you can't find it, you can use orzo or ditallini too.