Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup is one of my favorites.  There are endless variations on this soup, but the focus is on the bite-sized meatballs, and greens which include spinach or kale and dill.  Although, the name may be misleading, and you may assume that this soup is served at Italian weddings, which sounds good to me, it actually is a mistranslation of minestra maritata, which translated means the “marriage” of the greens and meat in the soup.

This is a hearty soup that can be served up anytime of year.  More importantly, it is healthy, easy to prepare, can be made to serve a crowd, which means it is perfect for freezing and enjoying later.

I would encourage you to use a homemade chicken stock as it really adds a level of depth that canned stock cannot match.

As a side note, for the first time, I purchased grass fed organic beef to prepare the meatballs.  The beef is definitely leaner and has a slightly grassier flavor.  I am immediately reminded that cows eat grass, not corn as used in commercial beef processing.  

Italian Wedding Soup
Serves 6-8


For the Meatballs:
1 pound ground round
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
3-4 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
Kosher salt 
Freshly ground pepper
For the Soup:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
10-12 cups homemade stock or canned
3/4 cups small pasta (e.g. orzo)
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
12 ounces fresh baby spinach

  1. Combine the ground meat, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Mix well. Form into bite-sized meatballs.  Bake on a cookie sheet for approximately 30 minutes at 350 Degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 6-quart pot.  Add onion, carrots and celery.  Sauté until vegetables are translucent.  Add stock and bring to a boil.  Add pasta and spinach.  Cook until tender.  Add meatballs to hot stock, bring to a simmer.  Add dil.  Simmer a few more minutes.

60 thoughts on “Italian Wedding Soup

  1. I love Italian wedding soup and your version looks delicious. Do you ever feel like you can't make enough meatballs because somehow, they always disappear way too fast.


  2. I love your new look! Very classy. I see you DO have feedburner – but the subscribe by e-mail option which is available from them, is not activated… Did you see the video for this soup on our friend's site – That Jew Can Cook? You should compare the two recipes. I am going to. They both look fab – just like I compared your Sunday Sauces… mine is posted now – crediting you – please take a look and give me pointers.:)Valerie


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