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Italian Wedding Soup

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Soup Recipes

italian_wedding_soupWinter and spring is soup season so we hope you have been enjoying some of the great Italian soup recipes we have been adding for you to try. Most of the Italian soups we grew up were not chunky so no hearty steak and potato at our house. We had Lentil Soup, Little Ball Soup (Pastine) and Italian Wedding Soup which has gained some notoriety as a result of Restaurant chains like East Side Mario’s. This soup contains a little pasta, some broth and mini meatballs and is a unique blend not typical of North American soups. Here is our version of  Italian wedding soup…buono appetito


1 cup(s) orzo or Mamma prefers to use pastine Molisana or little ball soup
1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound(s) fresh chicken sausage, casings discarded and meat rolled into 20 1-inch meatballs
(the original recipe calls for beef/pork meatballs in the soup… here is Mamma’s recipes for authentic meatballs you can use instead)
1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped
6 cup(s) low-sodium chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
A sprinkle of fresh parsley
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach, 5 cups



1. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the orzo until it is al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse the orzo under cold water until cool.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the chicken meatballs and cook over moderately high heat until they are lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to a plate. Add the garlic to the pot and cook over moderate heat until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Add the meatballs to the broth and simmer until they are cooked through, about 3 minutes.
3. Add the baby spinach and cooled orzo to the simmering broth and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted and the soup is piping hot, about 1 minute. Ladle the meatball-and-orzo soup into shallow bowls and serve.


3 Responses to “Italian Wedding Soup”

  1. Rose Says:

    I love Italian Wedding Soup very much, thank you for sharing!

  2. elsie Says:

    Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

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