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Italian Wedding Soup

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A classic Italian wedding soup recipe, with little bits of pasta, shredded chicken, spinach and of course those little meatballs!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 381
Author Michelle


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
  • teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites

For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

For the Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced small
  • 2 carrots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs celery trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup acini di pepi or other small pasta
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach chopped


  • Combine all ingredients for the meatballs and shape into small (½-inch) balls. Place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, place the chicken breasts in a large stockpot and fill with water until it is covering the chicken by at least one inch. Bring to a boil and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and use tongs to remove the chicken to a large plate. Shred the chicken and set aside. Empty water from stockpot.
  • Melt butter in the now-empty stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot and garlic, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Gently add the meatballs to the soup and cook for 7 minutes. Add the pasta and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Add spinach and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the shredded chicken. Cover again and allow to simmer for another 30 minutes or so. You can eat as soon as the chicken is re-heated, but allowing it to simmer for a little longer allows all the new flavors to meld together.



Nutritional values are based on one serving


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1209mg | Potassium: 1312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7120IU | Vitamin C: 48.5mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 4.7mg