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A bowl of Italian wedding soup with meatballs, carrots, spinach and pasta.

Italian Wedding Soup

This Italian wedding soup is meatballs, vegetables and pasta all simmered together in a savory broth. The perfect way to warm up on a cold day!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword italian wedding soup, wedding soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 406kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1/2 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup onion diced
  • 3/4 cup carrots peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup acini de pepe pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the broiler. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.
  • Place the ground beef, pork, egg, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Roll 1/2 inch sized meatballs out of the meat mixture and place on the sheet pan.
  • Broil for 8 minutes or until tops are browned.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrot and celery to the pot and cook for 5-6 minutes or until just softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and acini de pepe, then season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring the soup to a simmer. Add the meatballs to the soup. Cook for 10 minutes or until pasta and vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the spinach and cook for 2 minutes or until wilted.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.



Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 1028mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6370IU | Vitamin C: 44.1mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 4.7mg