Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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!

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Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped (2 tbsp in meatballs and 2 tbsp to garnish)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Soup Broth 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
  • 1/3 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper


  1. Combine ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, and spices in a bowl. Hand mix well and form into tiny meatballs.
  2. In a large soup pot, brown meatballs in oil, remove meatballs using slotted spoon.
  3. Add onions, celery and carrots, saute until soft.
  4. Add chicken broth, water, bring to a simmer.
  5. Gently add meatballs back into pot.
  6. Add orzo and spinach, simmering 20 min.
  7. Serve with cheese.
  8. Garnish with fresh Italian parsley.

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

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