Wedding Soup Recipe
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Wedding Soup Recipe

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“My family loves this quick and easy version of Italian wedding soup," says Kimberly Parker of North Olmsted, Ohio. "They ask for it frequently, and my son begs for me to put any leftovers in his lunchbox.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion, divided
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups acini di pepe pasta or small pasta shells

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 342 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 1131 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, 1/4 cup onion and bread crumbs. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute the carrots, celery and remaining onion in butter until crisp-tender. Add the spinach, broth, chicken, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and reserved meatballs. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook, uncovered, for 6-7 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Wedding Soup in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p49

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2016

"I did not care for this at all. I have had Italian Wedding Soup many times in restaurants but never made it myself. I guess I'm still searching for the right recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Very good recipe! Also agree less acini would be good. I ended up adding about 4-5 cups of water and chicken boullion. Used ground chicken for the meatballs and added Parmesan cheese and a little bit of garlic."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Great recioe, but I agree with the previous reviewers too much pasta. I used orzo and I cut the amount to 1/4 cup and it was enough. My exoerience with soup recipes that call for pasta is to always cut the amount by half or more. Otherwise the pasta will soak up the broth. And I always add have extra broth to add to any pasta soup recipe. Also I use organic chicken broth. On the whole a great winter comfort dish. My Italian husband loved it."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Total comfort food"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Too much pasta. I will cut it by 1/2 in the future. I used Turkey for the meatballs and added some parmesan cheese to the menu"

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