Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

I have a hearty soup recipe today for Italian Wedding Soup. The name refers to the meat and vegetables marrying well together. Minestra Maritata means married soup. And it truly is a harmony of flavors with tasty, tender, little meatballs swimming in an herby broth with tubettini pasta, spinach, carrots, onion and garlic. It is the sort of soup you wish was served in a bottomless bowl…

This is a main course soup that is fairly quick and easy to make. Depending on how fast you get the meatballs made and the veggies chopped this can be ready for the table in about 45 minutes from start to finish.

Italian Wedding Soup
(by Reeni)
1 pound Ground Beef, 80-85% lean
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Sea or Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper
1/2 cup Carrots, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
Sea or Kosher salt and Fresh Black Pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Basil
6 cups Chicken Broth
1/2 – 2/3 cup Tubettini or Ditalini*
2/3 cup Chopped Spinach, frozen or 2 cups Fresh, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated, plus more for serving

1. Mix all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl using a fork. Form into small meatballs about the size of a quarter using your hands. Set aside.

2. In a large soup pot saute onion and carrot in 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil over medium-low heat until soft and tender, season well with salt and pepper. Add garlic and basil; saute until fragrant.

3. Add chicken broth and turn up heat and bring to a slow boil. When it begins to boil add meatballs carefully one at a time. Add tubettini and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 25 minutes.

4. Stir in parsley and Parmesan cheese. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve with additional Parmesan and crusty bread.

*For a heartier soup with less broth add 2/3 cup pasta, for more broth add 1/2 cup.

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  1. theUngourmet says

    My cat could use a diet too! I hope Moon's diet goes well and that it helps his health. Your soup looks hearty and delicious! I love the cute pasta in there!

  2. noobcook says

    Love this soup and the catchy name for it. I wish Moon a speedy recovery and a successful diet. Can't blame him for putting on weight because he lives in a home with so much good food ^^

  3. Krista says

    This is the best looking Italian Wedding Soup that I have ever seen! YUM.I love your recipes!

  4. BeadedTail says

    That soup looks packed full of flavor! Yum!So good to see Moon! Sorry to hear he hasn't been feeling well and has to lose so much weight but he's still as handsome as ever! We hope he gets better soon.

  5. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    You had me at the meatballs! I've been LOVING meatballs lately! Eating way too many too, thanks for another great recipe!

  6. Julie says

    Poor Moon, I feel his pain. This soup looks great! I'm kinda disappointed it's name doesn't mean that it is served at Italian Weddings, although I guess it wouldn't make sense to serve soup to a bunch of dress up people. Oh well…

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