Favorite Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
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Favorite Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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I enjoyed a similar soup for lunch at work one day and decided to re-create it at home. I love the combination of meatballs, vegetables and pasta.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 379 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs and bread crumbs. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 3/4-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute the carrots, celery and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, spinach, basil, soup mix, ketchup, thyme and bay leaves.
  4. Drain meatballs on paper towels. Bring soup to a boil; add meatballs. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Add pasta; cook 13-15 minutes longer or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Wedding Soup in Taste of Home October/November 2006 , p29

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268336
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2017

"This soup is soo pleasing on a cold winter day!!!"

rkane User ID: 923393 252850
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"Excellent, I made as written. Next time, I would add more broth and try a smaller pasta."

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 240905
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"My family and I really loved this soup! So hearty and flavorful!"

pschube User ID: 2658481 233388
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"Delicious! I added 4 c water and 2 cups shredded cooked turkey. I substituted pre-made mini meatballs from my local grocer for the homemade meatballs (faaster) and 8 oz star-shaped pasta instead of penne."

akemmerl9 User ID: 8091698 226537
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"So delicious! I followed the recipe mostly. The only thing I did differently was that I used fresh baby spinach and about five cloves of garlic (personal preference). Best soup ever!"

half_pint User ID: 2652510 160524
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"This has been one of my family's favorite TOH recipes since it first came out a few years ago. I have made it for our annual soup and sandwich Halloween party for the past few years and am asked for the recipe every year. I have seen several other Italian Wedding soup recipes grace the magazine's pages over the years, but this one is so perfect that I just can't bear to try any of the others. I can't imagine anything can top this keeper!"

Anniemae418 User ID: 4811974 208308
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"I've made the soup several times now and everyone loves it!! For a short cut, I bought a 2lb bag of mini frozen meatballs before and it worked great. Throwing in some tortellini, also great for a change."

Setting Sun User ID: 5840499 161101
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"This soup is delicious!!! Best wedding soup I have tasted and my family loves it too. I have used the penne pasta but have also made it using acini di pepe also. The meatballs are awesome and worth it. This has definitely become one of my regular recipes that I will be making many times in the future."

momo49 User ID: 7584112 114688
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014 Edited Nov. 2, 2014

"Used Acini di pepe instead of the penne and it was awesome! My boyfriend loved it!

Also use the meatballs for pasta, love the mix if beef and pork."

theobro User ID: 1155265 144802
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"My family loves Italian wedding soup. Thanks for providing this delicious recipe. This was enough for my family of 6 to have 2 bowls each"

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