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Traditional Italian Wedding Soup

You don’t have to be Italian to love this easy-to-make soup with tiny round pasta! Add homemade meatballs but use ready-made stock and rotisserie chicken.—Mary Sheetz, Carmel, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon raisins, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
  • 2/3 cup uncooked acini di pepe pasta
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, cut into thin strips
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1/2-in. balls.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in small batches; drain. Add the broth and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and pasta; cook 5-7 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach; cook until wilted. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.
    Freeze option: Before adding cheese, cool soup. Freeze soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 253 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Safari
    Nov 15, 2020

    i love it this food !!!

  • Mary Kay
    Nov 1, 2020

    I love Italian wedding soup but to me the best part is the meatballs. I found that the meatballs in this recipe were not as good as when using ground pork. Pork sausage has flavors such as sage that give the meatballs a different taste than I expected. I also browned my meatballs in the oven which I found to be an easier method.

  • JoellynC
    Jan 21, 2020

    Good recipe. I eliminated raisins and chicken and added onion. It is a good start and for my preference I may tweak it a little more. To the old comment from an Italian who never heard of this "traditional wedding soup," it has nothing to do with weddings. It is a translation from the Italian phrase "minestra maritata" ("married soup").

  • maggoo
    Jan 10, 2019

    No comment left

  • Lori
    Oct 1, 2018

    My family loved this recipe. I would probably skip the raisins next time - too sticky and didn't add anything. We used mild sausage as that's what I had on hand. I did increase the amount of chicken stock since I was "making it"! And I made some extra meatballs as that's their favorite part. Very easy and good.

  • Erika
    Jan 23, 2017

    Interesting...I am Italian and I have never ever heard about this Traditional Italian Wedding Soup =)

  • KarenKeefe
    Jun 22, 2015

    Used ground chuck instead of beef (this tip given to me by my Italian friend). The meatballs turned out fabulous! The soup was very tasty! My family enjoyed this very much!

  • Bhagya
    Nov 5, 2013

    Good one,,,,easy to prepare