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Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Italian Wedding Soup

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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!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"This is the best wedding soup recipe I've tried to date as I've been searching now for awhile. I made two changes; cut back on the beef by 50% and doubled the spinach."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"So simple yet elegant soup! You will not be disappointed in this.. I used italian breadcrumbs and more spinach (i love spinach) than called for. It tastes as delicious the next day too!!"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"Outstanding! Get so many requests for this soup! Now, I just brown some frozen meatballs and toss them in. Also, for the person who said it's too salty, you can control that by using low salt chicken broth and adding salt to your taste. As for me, I love it just the way it is!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Very salty, didn't care for meatballs, doesn't compare to the real thing."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"Bit hit with everyone in my family. I've been asked for this recipe more often than any other. Tastes just as good warmed up the next day."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I am going to try this,"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"very good"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"Excellent made this a few times always well received.

Kelowna BC"

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