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Barbara’s Italian Wedding Soup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

In a little Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz, my husband and I had an amazing soup with orzo. I tweaked it at home to make it healthier but kept the warm, comforting flavor. —Barbara Spitzer, Lodi, California
Barbara's Italian Wedding Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 cups coarsely chopped escarole or spinach
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage, shallots and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Drain.
  2. Add broth to sausage mixture; bring to a boil. Stir in orzo, pepper and escarole; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until orzo is tender, 10-12 minutes. Stir in parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 197 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • shelleyd
    Nov 11, 2020

    To get an even more Italian wedding soup should have, add some soft bread crumbs and Italian cheese and a little milk for moisture into bulk Italian sweet sausage and make mini meatballs. Drop raw meatballs into simmering soup and allow 15-20 minutes to cook. Then beat a large egg in a small bow, stir in about1/3 cup fresh grated Parm and beat together. Increase temp slightly on soup and stir soup briskly in a circular motion. While stirring, drizzle in egg-cheese mixture. Switch to a long handle fork and continue to stir while the egg cooks. You get beautiful cheesy shreds of cooked egg and a wonderful flavor!

  • SRAdair
    Feb 25, 2020

    Wonderful recipe. I make a batch and freeze in small containers for a nice cup of soup to go with salads when we need to eat light dinner (usually late). Incredibly easy and flavorful. Thank you for a keeper!

  • gpdevoll
    Dec 20, 2019

    Delicious! I used mild Italian pork sausage and took it out of the casings. I didn’t have fresh spinach so I used frozen, which was still good, but I would I have preferred fresh and used 1/4 cup diced yellow onion instead of shallots This soup was really good, as is, but I decided on adding just a little more flavor for our taste so I added 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning and then when done sprinkled Parmesan Cheese on each serving. Thankst Barbara. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Gr8Ci3
    Jan 8, 2019

    This was so good!

  • Marcia
    Jan 1, 2018

    This was super easy to make and tastes delicious! I used half hot Italian sausage and half mild. It has a nice kick and sure is good in the -9 degree weather we are having today. I used the spinach and love that there are so few ingredients and comes together so fast. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the easy, tasty recipe!

  • billy6285
    May 2, 2016

    This is now my favorite soup! Love the flavor of the Italian sausage. It is easy to make & delicious. I will definitely be making it again, & again.