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Christina’s Italian Wedding Soup


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • SOUP:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cartons (32 ounces each ) chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups acini di pepe pasta
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) fresh spinach
  • Additional minced fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. For soup, in a stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onions; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until onions are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 3. Stir in stock, water, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Drop meatballs into soup; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes. Gently stir in pasta; cook 10-12 minutes longer or until meatballs are cooked through and pasta is tender.
  • 4. Stir in spinach. Top servings with parsley and cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups (calculated without additional cheese): 269 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 1083mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.


Average Rating:
  • mumsay
    Mar 5, 2018

    Delicious soup! This recipe is easy to follow and I'll definitely make it again. Thank you for your recipe Christina!

  • kckamargo63
    Jul 24, 2017

    A delicious meal for fall and winter weather.

  • suefalk
    Dec 31, 2016

    Awesome!! Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients. I love the variation of chicken meatballs rather than beef. Saving this one!!

  • dflack628
    Jan 31, 2016

    I made this soup for our family of three adults and we all loved it! I followed the directions exactly except that I used a 12 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach that I thawed and squeezed out instead of the fresh spinach as I already had the frozen package in the house. It made a lot and I ended up taking some of it to a neighbor, who loved it just as much!

  • Ldhitch
    Jan 11, 2016

    Loved this recipe. I've never followed recipes exactly when it comes to soup but this one I did. The mini meatballs are great. I will say, I followed everything as written but added one thing, a heavy dash of nutmeg to the meatballs. After all, in Italian cooking, where there is lemon and Parmesan, there should be a hint of nutmeg! (At least in our Italian home:)

  • eminsol
    Jan 8, 2016

    Outstanding! I was skeptical about lemon in the meatballs, but it was just a hint and gave a very delicate taste. I used ground chuck because it was what I had, as well I used cilantro and I did half and half of chicken and beef broth. I made really small meatballs and frankly the amount of meatballs is enough for another batch. I would cut back pasta a little as I also used ditalini which I think are a wee bit larger than acini de pepe.. I froze the rest of my meatballs for the next batch. Great recipe.

  • bmoore1948
    Jan 6, 2016

    I will always use this meatball recipe. been looking for the best meatball recipe out there and finally found this Italian soup too.....

  • patbus
    Oct 31, 2015

    my oh my this is absolutely delicious! It's a keeper! Thank you for sharing

  • lmmanda
    Jun 9, 2015

    This soup was delicious! The meatballs were amazing. I made the full batch of meatballs, but cut the soup recipe in half. I baked half the meatballs to use in another recipe. Next time I might use half a bag of spinach. I did add some italian seasoning to the soup.

  • fgchum01
    Feb 14, 2015

    Love this recipe. Fun and easy to cook. I've made it twice. We liked it better the second time with a little less garlic in the soup (not the meatballs). Plus a few flakes of crushed red pepper in the meatballs.

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