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Favorite Italian Wedding Soup

I enjoyed a similar soup for lunch at work one day and decided to re-create it at home. I love the combination of meatballs, vegetables and pasta.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta


  • In a large bowl, combine eggs and bread crumbs. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 3/4-in. balls.
  • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute the carrots, celery and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, spinach, basil, soup mix, ketchup, thyme and bay leaves.
  • Drain meatballs on paper towels. Bring soup to a boil; add meatballs. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Add pasta; cook 13-15 minutes longer or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 379 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 24, 2017

    This soup is soo pleasing on a cold winter day!!!

  • rkane
    Aug 18, 2016

    Excellent, I made as written. Next time, I would add more broth and try a smaller pasta.

  • kckamargo63
    Jan 2, 2016

    My family and I really loved this soup! So hearty and flavorful!

  • pschube
    Sep 24, 2015

    Delicious! I added 4 c water and 2 cups shredded cooked turkey. I substituted pre-made mini meatballs from my local grocer for the homemade meatballs (faaster) and 8 oz star-shaped pasta instead of penne.

  • akemmerl9
    May 18, 2015

    So delicious! I followed the recipe mostly. The only thing I did differently was that I used fresh baby spinach and about five cloves of garlic (personal preference). Best soup ever!

  • half_pint
    Dec 2, 2014

    This has been one of my family's favorite TOH recipes since it first came out a few years ago. I have made it for our annual soup and sandwich Halloween party for the past few years and am asked for the recipe every year. I have seen several other Italian Wedding Soup recipes grace the magazine's pages over the years, but this one is so perfect that I just can't bear to try any of the others. I can't imagine anything can top this keeper!

  • Anniemae418
    Nov 22, 2014

    I've made the soup several times now and everyone loves it!! For a short cut, I bought a 2lb bag of mini frozen meatballs before and it worked great. Throwing in some tortellini, also great for a change.

  • Setting Sun
    Feb 22, 2014

    This soup is delicious!!! Best wedding soup I have tasted and my family loves it too. I have used the penne pasta but have also made it using acini di pepe also. The meatballs are awesome and worth it. This has definitely become one of my regular recipes that I will be making many times in the future.

  • momo49
    Jan 5, 2014

    Used Acini di pepe instead of the penne and it was awesome! My boyfriend loved it!Also use the meatballs for pasta, love the mix if beef and pork.

  • theobro
    Jan 5, 2013

    My family loves Italian wedding soup. Thanks for providing this delicious recipe. This was enough for my family of 6 to have 2 bowls each