Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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Weddings do not seem to be as popular these days, but my recipe for Italian wedding soup will have those proposals coming in bunches!

Minestra mariata! (Meat and vegetables go together like wine and cheese) Well, wine goes together well with just about anything if your Italian.

I have to say my wedding soup recipe is well worth the effort that it takes to roll up all those tiny little balls! It may seem a little tedious at the time, but wait until you taste your first spoonful of this extremely flavorful and very popular soup. This is one wedding that your family will love attending!

It is always a bonus if you can make your own chicken stock, especially with grain fed, healthy chicken! However for time and convenience sake, I will use a store bought organic chicken broth as well. (You will need 2 - 900ml cartons of broth)

P.S. My Italian Bread Sticks are marvelous with this soup!


Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Meatball Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped (2 tbsp in meatballs and 2 tbsp for top of hot soup
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
Soup Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan
  1. Combine the ground meat, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, and spices in a bowl. Hand mix well and form into tiny meatballs.
  2. Bake on a cookie sheet in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  3. In a large soup pot, saute onions, celery and carrots in oil until soft.
  4. Add in chicken broth, water, bring to a boil.
  5. Add orzo and meatballs to simmering broth.
  6. Cover and add spinach and simmer for 7 more minutes.
  7. Stir in cheese and serve immediately.
  8. Garnish with Italian fresh parlsey.

Prep time: 30 min.
Cook time: 40 min.
Serves: 8
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