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Quick and Easy Italian Wedding Soup

by Mama's Real Meals

I honestly used to be terrified of making italian wedding soup. Since this recipe uses only a few simple ingredients, I figured there would be no room for mistakes. But boy was I wrong! The fact that this soup uses only a few ingredients not only is it super quick to make, the flavours also really shine through! 

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Ingredients you need to make italian wedding soup 

For real though, 90% of the ingredients you need are to make the meatballs. There are only actually a few ingredients in the soup itself!  

Here’s what you’ll need for the meatballs:

Ground beef

Ground pork 

Bread crumbs 

Ground parsley and oregano 

Shredded parmesan cheese

Egg

Grated or finely chopped onion

The ingredients for the soup:

Chicken broth 

White wine 

Garlic cloves 

Orzo pasta 

Fresh or frozen spinach 

Optional ingredients you can add (which I often do!) are carrots and celery.

Step by step on how to make Italian wedding soup 

  1. First, you’re going to start with making your meatballs. Mix all your ingredients together, and form into tiny balls. To keep them tiny I like to use my ½ tsp scoop to keep them even. 

Now before you think I spend 30 minutes rolling these meatballs here’s a great mom hack for you! Get those kids rolling!! For real, any time we have meatballs at dinner time I have my 4 and 5 year old making them. 

It’s the perfect way for them to help in the kitchen without getting in the way. And honestly? It really doesn’t matter if they aren’t uniform. And since they are using the scoop each time…. Well easy peasy.

  1. While your kids are rolling away. If you’re choosing to add in celery and carrots, dice those up while your soup pan is heating over medium heat. Add the olive oil and then saute your veggies until they are soft. (2-3 minutes)
  2. If you’re not adding the extra veggies, then dump your chicken broth into the pan and heat to a low boil. 
  3. Add in your white wine. You can totally skip this but I think it really adds a lot of flavor to the soup!  
  4. Once your broth is simmering (or at a low boil) turn the heat down to medium and add in your pasta. Then drop in your meatballs a few at a time. They will float quickly since they are so small only take a few minutes to cook.  
  5. Chop your spinach and add in. You can also use frozen chopped spinach. 
  6. Before serving add in your remaining seasonings and taste! 

Ingredient substitutions you can use in Italian wedding soup 

If you really don’t want to, or really dont have the time to make your own meatballs you can definitely buy store bought. If you are going this route, I highly suggest using italian or pork meatballs. 

Since the meatballs you buy are usually fairly large, I would also let them thaw 50% then at least cut them in half, if not in quarters. If you can’t find italian meatballs, make sure you add the seasonings that are in the meatball recipe into the broth. 

Alternatively you can also use italian sausage, just squeeze it out of its casing, or cut the pieces really small. 

If you don’t have ground pork, feel free to use 100% ground beef! Or 100% ground pork, you don’t NEED to have a mixture.

If you can’t find, or don’t have spinach in your house, you can use swiss chard or kale. I have used both, and while it does alter the taste a little, its still delicious! 

If you don’t have enough chicken broth on hand, you can do half chicken and half beef broth. 

Which pasta you can use in this soup?

I like to use orzo pasta the best. It’s small, and very readily available in almost all grocery stores. But technically? You’re actually supposed to use acini de pep. Which is very small balls basically of pasta. But around here that’s hard to find!

If you can’t find orzo either, just use the smallest shaped pasta you can find. 

Making it in your crockpot 

You can totally make italian wedding soup in your crockpot! Just place everything in your crockpot pot except for the spinach. Then cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. 30 minutes before serving, add in your chopped spinach. 

Making it in your instant pot 

To make italian wedding soup in your instant pot, first heat up your pot on saute, then add your oil, and saute your carrots and celery. Add in 1 cup broth, and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining ingredients except for your spinach. Hit cancel, then pressure cook for 3 minutes. Let naturally release, add in your chopped spinach, then close and lock the lid and let rest a few minutes before serving.

How to make the soup ahead of time

You can easily make this soup ahead of time! If you are specifically making it for the freezer or for the next day, just make the soup as directed, except leave the pasta out. Then when your reheating, add in your pasta and let it cook. 

Reheating 

To reheat, simply place in your pan, crockpot or instant pot and let come just to a simmer, then serve. 

Storing 

To store this soup it’ll last in the fridge for 5 days. (mine is often in the back of the fridge where it’s super cold, and it’ll last up to 7 days) Or you can freeze for up to 3 months. 

Freezing 

To freeze, just let the soup cool down all the way, and then place it in freezer-safe bags or containers. These super cubes make prepping super easy since it’s a pre-portioned blocks that you can place into a large freezer bag once frozen! (think a massive ice cube) Add affiliates for freezing soup, and soup lunch on the go, and soup thermos

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Quick and Simple Italian Wedding Soup

I honestly used to be terrified of making italian wedding soup. Since this recipe uses only a few simple ingredients, I figured there would be no room for mistakes. But boy was I wrong! The fact that this soup uses only a few ingredients not only is it super quick to make, the flavours also really shine through! Stove/Oven soup, instant pot, crockpot, winter recipe, comforting food American Print This
Serves: 6-8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 281 calories 8.7 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • Meatballs:
  • 1 lb ground pork or beef (or a mixture of both)
  • 1/2 cup fresh hearty white bread crumbs*
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Soup:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup white wine (optional)
  • 8 oz fresh or frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup orzo pasta

Instructions

For the meatballs:

Combine together ingredients for meatballs. Form into tiny meatballs (use ½ tsp scoop to keep uniform) 

 

For the soup:

Heat a large pan over medium heat, meanwhile, dice carrots and celery. (you can also leave these veggies out) Saute for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add minced garlic and cook another 30 seconds. 

Add broth and wine, heat to a low boil. Add pasta. Drop in meatballs a few at a time. Let cook 2-3 minutes, and then add chopped spinach. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with additional parmesan cheese if desired. 

Notes

Making it in your crock pot You can totally make italian wedding soup in your crockpot! Just place everything in your crockpot pot except for the spinach. Then cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. 30 minutes before serving, add in your chopped spinach. Making it in your instant pot To make Italian wedding soup in your instant pot, first heat up your pot on saute, then add your oil, and saute your carrots and celery. Add in 1 cup broth, and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining ingredients except for your spinach. Hit cancel, then pressure cook for 3 minutes. Let naturally release, add in your chopped spinach, then close and lock the lid and let rest a few minutes before serving.

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