Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
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Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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I'm not sure where the name of this soup originated, but my aunt in Pennsylvania shared the recipe with me. Even in our hot-Florida climate, this soup always satisfies. Family and friends frequently ask me to prepare it. - Nancy Ducharme, Deltona, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/4 cups cooked medium pasta shells

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 226 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, trace fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, cheese, bread crumbs, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in small batches; drain. Add the broth, spinach, onion powder, parsley and remaining salt, pepper and garlic powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in pasta; heat through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Wedding Soup in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p136

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"My family LOVES this soup. It is requested often. I cook the meatballs in the oven on 15x10 pan at 400 for about 15 minutes instead of cooking in the Dutch oven."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014 Edited Feb. 27, 2015

"My children ask me to make this recipe when they are hungry for soup. It's very tasty & easy to throw together. I use 1/2 of a can of spinach instead of fresh. To make it even easier, I cook the shells in the soup. In place of the shells I have often used spaghetti noodles broken into small pieces and it turns out good too."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Just made this soup and it was amazing. Great recipe with lots of flavor and hearty texture. This is just what we needed for a cold, snowy, winter afternoon."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013 Edited Dec. 8, 2014

"I just made this soup recently and it was awesome. I even cheated and bought the pre-made wedding soup meatballs at our local Italian store. Everyone raved about how delicious the soup tasted and never knew the difference. This recipe tastes very similar to the wedding soup they serve at the Olive Garden too. Definitely a keeper in my recipe box!"

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Finally found the perfect Italian wedding recipe. Taste great!"

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