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Italian Wedding Soup

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This easy Italian wedding soup is one of my favorite noodle soup recipes! It’s warm, cozy and so inviting. This hearty comfort food is filled with fabulous colors, textures and flavors. You can make a pot of this homemade Italian soup in about an hour! If there are leftovers, the flavors in the broth continue to meld together and become increasingly scrumptious.

Italian wedding soup in a black Staub cocotte with shaved parmesan cheese and lemon slices.

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHAT IS ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP? The name of this soup refers to the marriage between two of the main ingredients: the green veggies (spinach or kale) and the meat (chicken meatballs or sausage), and the beautiful flavors produced by this coupling.
  • IS ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP REALLY ITALIAN? There is some disagreement on whether it originated in Italy or in Spain. But it was introduced to America by Italian immigrants from Naples.
  • IS ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP SERVED AT WEDDINGS? The Italian name for this soup is “minestra maritata,” or “married soup,” but it’s not traditionally served at weddings. This rustic Italian soup was often created from the leftover scraps from making other meals.

Single serving of Italian Wedding Soup with a spoon and garnishes of lemon and Parmesan cheese.

WEDDING SOUP INGREDIENTS

These are the flavorful ingredients for making this noodle soup!

MEATBALLS

  • Ground chicken
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Fresh Italian parsley
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Large egg
  • Garlic clove
  • Dried onion flakes
  • Dried Oregano
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

Flat lay image of the ingredients for making Italian Wedding Soup on a rustic wooden table.

NOODLE SOUP

  • Virgin olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh sage
  • Chicken broth or chicken stock
  • Basil pesto
  • Lemon juice
  • Baby spinach or baby kale
  • Short-cut pasta
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP RECIPE

Begin by assembling the chicken meatballs. Mix all ingredients together until combined. I use a small cookie scoop for meatball formation. It makes things quick and easy!

Two stacked images of baked chicken meatballs on a tray before and after baking.

  • While the meatballs are baking in the oven, chop the carrots, onions, celery and herbs.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice.
  • In heavily salted water, boil the pasta al dente. Drain well. Set it aside.

Flat lay image of chopped carrots, onions, celery and herbs for wedding soup.

HOW TO MAKE WEDDING SOUP

  • STEP 1: In a large heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion. Saute for 6-8 minutes, just until the onion begins to caramelize. 
  • STEP 2: Add carrots, celery and herbs to the pot. Stir to combine. 
  • STEP 3: Turn the heat down to low. Add three pinches of salt and a few twists of black pepper. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • STEP 4: Add the pesto and lemon juice. Pour in the chicken broth. Stir. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

4 step-by-step images for making Authentic Italian Wedding Soup.

DIRECTIONS FOR NOODLE SOUP

  • Add trimmed spinach leaves to the pot.
  • Stir until they’re completely submerged in the broth.

Two stacked images of adding fresh spinach to noodle soup, and after stirring it in.

  • Allow soup to simmer for another 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Two stacked images of wedding soup with meatballs, Parmesan cheese, and lemon wedges.

  • Remove pot from heat.
  • Add meatballs and cooked noodles.
  • If desired, add a light drizzling of olive oil over the soup.
  • Top with a generous sprinkling of shaved Parmesan cheese.

Italian Wedding Soup in a black Staub cocotte with lemon wedges and shaved Parmesan.

EXPERT TIPS FOR ITALIAN SOUP

  • CHICKEN MEATBALLS: Increase the flavor profile by using 3/4 pound ground chicken breast and 1/4 pound ground chicken sausage (breakfast sausage or sweet Italian sausage, no casings). Consider doubling the recipe for these flavorful chicken meatballs.  It’s hard to resist snacking on a few before the soup is even done!
  • NO TIME FOR MAKING MEATBALLS? Saute a pound of ground Italian chicken sausage (no casings) with the onions!
  • SPICE IT UP! Add a tablespoon of healthy turmeric for a lovely golden broth. A sprinkling of red pepper flakes adds a pleasant touch of heat to this rustic Italian soup.
  • BRIGHTEN THE FLAVOR OF THE BROTH with a few extra squeezes of fresh lemon juice!

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A single serving of Noodle Soup with meatballs with garnishes of lemon slices and shaved Parmesan.


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A single serving of Noodle Soup with meatballs with garnishes of lemon slices and shaved Parmesan.

Italian Wedding Soup


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

Description

Baked chicken meatballs, basil pesto and shaved Parmesan cheese raise the flavor profile of this beautiful Italian wedding soup recipe. This flavorful noodle soup is a family favorite!


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Ingredients

MEATBALLS

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

SOUP

  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups petite carrots, sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 12 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 ounces baby spinach, stems removed (or baby kale, chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 pound short-cut pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Start by making the meatballs with this CHICKEN MEATBALL RECIPE
  2. In heavily salted water, boil the pasta al dente according to package instructions.
  3. In a large heavy pot, saute onion in olive oil over medium/high heat for about 5 minutes or until the onions begin to caramelize. Reduce the heat to low. Add the carrots, celery and herbs to the pot. Saute for another 5 minutes. Add the pesto, lemon juice and broth. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Stir the spinach into the soup so that all leaves are completely submerged in the broth. Simmer another 5 minutes so the leaves can wilt. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs and noodles to the pot. If desired, add a light drizzling of olive oil over the top.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with shaved Parmesan and wedges of fresh lemon.

Notes

EXPERT TIPS

  • CHICKEN MEATBALLS: Increase the flavor profile by using 3/4 pound ground chicken breast and 1/4 pound ground chicken sausage (breakfast sausage or sweet Italian sausage, no casings). Consider doubling the recipe for these flavorful chicken meatballs.  It’s hard to resist snacking on a few before the soup is even done!
  • NO TIME FOR MAKING MEATBALLS? Saute a pound of ground Italian chicken sausage (no casings) with the onions!
  • SPICE IT UP! Add a tablespoon of healthy turmeric for a lovely golden broth. A sprinkling of red pepper flakes adds a pleasant touch of heat to this rustic Italian soup.
  • BRIGHTEN THE FLAVOR OF THE BROTH with a few extra squeezes of fresh lemon juice!
  • Category: Soup, Dinner
  • Method: Oven, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Italian Wedding Soup, Wedding Soup, Noodle Soup

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17 thoughts on “Italian Wedding Soup”

  1. Oh, yum! That soup really looks delish. I love the addition of pasta and it’s been a while since I have a soup with pasta in it. Can’t wait to try that.

    • This soup was amazing. I didn’t have all the herbs so I used herbs de province because it was a mix of all of the above. I never comment on these things but I had to hear. This soup was perfection!

      • Nathalie, I’m so excited to hear that you made and loved one of our family’s favorite soup recipes! It’s so warm and comforting. Many wishes are sent your way for a fabulous holiday season!

  2. This was such an easy recipe and I’m telling you , the flavors are unbelievable!!! Everyone in the family loved it. I used the noodles that I had in the house which was bow ties and I used ground pork instead of chicken because that’s what I had in the house. Totally recommend Denay’s yummy recipe

  3. I love Italian wedding soup! It’s great any season of the year, in my opinion. I will have to try your recipe!

  4. Italian Wedding Soup is one of my favorites to buy but I have never made it from scratch. I’m pinning this. Thank You!

  5. Yum, this looks like some delicious soup. I haven’t had Italian Wedding soup in ages, so I’ll have to make this.

  6. This looks so delicious! Is it possible to make with beef instead of chicken? We have a freezer full of beef, since we raise cattle, so if possible I would rather use that than go buy ground chicken.

  7. This is definitely a favorite in our household! I’ve always been a little nervous trying to make this myself that with your recipe I just might do it this weekend !

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