Christina's Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
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Christina's Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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I'm big on soups with tiny meatballs and pasta. I double the meatballs, poach them in the broth, remove half and freeze them for another time. —Christina Hitchcock, Madison Township, Pennsylvania
Featured In: Your March Meal Plan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • SOUP:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cartons (26 ounces each) chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups acini di pepe pasta
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) fresh spinach
  • Additional minced fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups (calculated without additional cheese): 269 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 1083mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. For soup, in a stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onions; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until onions are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Stir in stock, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Drop meatballs into soup; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes. Gently stir in pasta; cook 10-12 minutes longer or until meatballs are cooked through and pasta is tender.
  4. Stir in spinach. Top servings with parsley and cheese. Yield: 12 servings (5 quarts).
Originally published as Christina's Italian Wedding Soup in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p52

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suefalk User ID: 6736080 258945
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2016

"Awesome!! Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients. I love the variation of chicken meatballs rather than beef. Saving this one!!"

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 242894
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"I made this soup for our family of three adults and we all loved it! I followed the directions exactly except that I used a 12 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach that I thawed and squeezed out instead of the fresh spinach as I already had the frozen package in the house. It made a lot and I ended up taking some of it to a neighbor, who loved it just as much!"

Ldhitch User ID: 8692953 241535
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Loved this recipe. I've never followed recipes exactly when it comes to soup but this one I did. The mini meatballs are great. I will say, I followed everything as written but added one thing, a heavy dash of nutmeg to the meatballs. After all, in Italian cooking, where there is lemon and Parmesan, there should be a hint of nutmeg! (At least in our Italian home:)"

eminsol User ID: 4077674 241340
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"Outstanding! I was skeptical about lemon in the meatballs, but it was just a hint and gave a very delicate taste. I used ground chuck because it was what I had, as well I used cilantro and I did half and half of chicken and beef broth. I made really small meatballs and frankly the amount of meatballs is enough for another batch. I would cut back pasta a little as I also used ditalini which I think are a wee bit larger than acini de pepe.. I froze the rest of my meatballs for the next batch. Great recipe."

bmoore1948 User ID: 8687578 241174
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"I will always use this meatball recipe. been looking for the best meatball recipe out there and finally found this Italian soup too....."

patbus User ID: 8021002 236041
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"my oh my this is absolutely delicious! It's a keeper! Thank you for sharing"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 227660
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"This soup was delicious! The meatballs were amazing. I made the full batch of meatballs, but cut the soup recipe in half. I baked half the meatballs to use in another recipe. Next time I might use half a bag of spinach. I did add some italian seasoning to the soup."

fgchum01 User ID: 7118851 220493
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"Love this recipe. Fun and easy to cook. I've made it twice. We liked it better the second time with a little less garlic in the soup (not the meatballs). Plus a few flakes of crushed red pepper in the meatballs."

lap84 User ID: 2087212 214946
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"This soup is amazing & so tasty.I did do a few things differently. I used panko crumbs instead of the bread crumbs, & used a small cookie scoop or melon baller to just drop the meatballs right into the soup to boil. I also only used one bag of the spinach and cut the leaves so they would be smaller in the soup. This recipe is definitely a keeper, thank you Christina!"

satx-taster User ID: 6267099 128064
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"quick, easy and very good. I froze half of meatballs and made soup 2 weeks later at my husbands request that really made it fast."

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