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Italian Wedding Soup

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Italian Wedding Soup is known for its heartiness and comfort. It’s a favorite for many celebrations. The name comes from the Italian words “minestra maritata”, which means “married soup”. It shows a great mix of flavors. While the traditional recipe uses homemade chicken stock, good store-bought broth works too.

This dish is a mix of broth, meatballs, pasta, and greens. It makes a cozy meal. Ground sausage in the meatballs brings lots of flavor. Making the small meatballs with family can be fun.

Italian Wedding Soup is a great all-in-one meal. Serve it with focaccia, bread, and a Caesar salad for a perfect family dinner.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Making Italian Wedding Soup perfect needs the right meatball ingredients. Use lean ground beef and ground pork. Or, you can use Italian sausage substitute. Don’t forget parsley, oregano, and Parmigiano Reggiano for more taste.

To make it tasty, include fresh ingredients like chives, sage, and garlic. Mix in fresh bread crumbs and a whole egg. This keeps the meatballs from falling apart. For a lighter choice, go for chicken sausage.

The broth is key, just like the meatballs. Combine chicken and beef broths. Then, toss in finely diced soup vegetables such as onions, carrots, and celery. Don’t forget small pastas for soups like acini de pepe or ditalini. They make the soup just right.

Adding spinach is good for color and your health. White wine is fancy but optional. It brings a nice touch to the broth, making the flavors stand out.

  • Lean ground beef
  • Ground pork or Italian sausage substitute
  • Parsley and oregano
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Chives, sage, and minced garlic
  • Fresh bread crumbs and whole egg
  • Chicken and beef broths
  • Onions, carrots, celery
  • Acini de pepe or ditalini pastas for soups
  • Spinach
  • Optional: White wine

These meatball ingredients, soup vegetables, pastas for soups, and Parmigiano Reggiano create an amazing Italian Wedding Soup. It’s a warm, delicious meal for you and your family to enjoy.


Start by preheating your oven to 400°F for the meatballs. Mix ground meats, cheese, seasonings, and bread crumbs. Shape this into small balls. Place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until brown and cooked.

Now, for the soup, sauté onions, carrots, and celery in a pot with olive oil. Let them soften. This step builds the soup’s nice flavor. After, add broth, water, and spices. Let it all boil.

Boil pastas until al dente in the broth. Then, add the meatballs and spinach. Stir until the spinach wilts. This means your soup is almost ready. Finally, serve the Italian Wedding Soup in bowls. Top with more cheese for extra flavor.

To save time later, freeze half the meatballs. Next time, making the soup will be quick. You’ll be able to enjoy this cozy meal with less work.

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