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Easy Italian Wedding Soup

"After one taste, you'll find that this soup is absolutely delicious," promises Paula Sullivan from Barker, New York. "Lean ground beef and reduced sodium broth help keep it light. For variety, substitute garbanzo beans for the kidney beans."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup uncooked orzo or acini di pepe pasta
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, parsley, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 3/4-in. meatballs.
  • Place in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes; drain.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, beans and spinach. Stir in pasta, meatballs and remaining salt and pepper.
  • Cook until spinach is tender and meatballs are heated through. Garnish with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 205 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 1024mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • DuckyD
    Jan 2, 2020

    My son said that this soup was much better than the Italian Wedding Soup that he has eaten at many of the restaurants he has enjoyed. I thought that it was good but there are other soups that I prefer.

  • orionaimee
    Feb 18, 2016

    I love this recipe. I do admit though that I cheat and use already prepared turkey meatballs. On busy days it cuts down on the prep time dramatically and the soup is still amazing.

  • cindyames
    Nov 8, 2015

    This soup is delious. Good on chilly days.

  • ConnieK
    Aug 19, 2012

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  • laurelo
    Oct 4, 2010

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  • kristiracines
    May 25, 2010

    This has become one of my winter stand-bys. It is so good! I generally use Italian sausage (elk) in place of the regular hamburger and omit the salt from the meatballs. My husband seriously gets giddy the second he sees me rolling out the meatballs. It's delicious!

  • sbuffman
    Feb 14, 2009

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  • Kay
    Jul 11, 2006

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