A large batch of traditional Italian Wedding soup. This soup offers plenty of meat, carbohydrates and veggies. Perfect with Italian bread. For the pasta, I use acini di pepe, but you could use any small shape you desire, like shells or orzo.

Chuck
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine the chicken broth, spinach, onions, carrots and celery. Mix well and allow to simmer.

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  • In a separate large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs and egg and mix well. Form mixture into 1/2 inch diameter meatballs and carefully drop them into the soup.

  • Put chunks of chicken breast into the soup and reduce heat to low. Allow the soup to simmer for 1 hour. Add the pasta 30 minutes before serving and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

260 calories; 12.2 g total fat; 81 mg cholesterol; 733 mg sodium. 17 g carbohydrates; 19.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
Easy to make..I like the fact that I don't have to saute the veggies. Do however make better meatballs it makes all the difference. I make mine with: 8 oz pork 8 oz. beef 1 egg 1/3 cup parsley 1 t minced garlic 1 cup italian bread crumbs 1 t salt and 1/2 cup grated parmesan. I also use more broth. You can't really mess this recipe up. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/02/2009
It's missing Parmigiano Reggiano. I would use fresh escarole not frozen spinach. The other vegetables don't belong neither does the chicken. And by all means don't use canned chicken broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
Easy to make..I like the fact that I don't have to saute the veggies. Do however make better meatballs it makes all the difference. I make mine with: 8 oz pork 8 oz. beef 1 egg 1/3 cup parsley 1 t minced garlic 1 cup italian bread crumbs 1 t salt and 1/2 cup grated parmesan. I also use more broth. You can't really mess this recipe up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
Easy to make..I like the fact that I don't have to saute the veggies. Do however make better meatballs it makes all the difference. I make mine with: 8 oz pork 8 oz. beef 1 egg 1/3 cup parsley 1 t minced garlic 1 cup italian bread crumbs 1 t salt and 1/2 cup grated parmesan. I also use more broth. You can't really mess this recipe up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2005
I have made this recipe many times and it is one of my favorites! Over time I have made the following changes: I begin by sauteing my carrot onion and celery until veggies are tender and onion opaque I add at least 64 oz broth swanson reduced sodium no MSG) I get that up to a rolling boil then add my meatballs gently. Do not stir for several minutes and let them cook before turning down to a simmer. On the meatballs I use only 1/2 lb ground meat less breadcrumb about 1/3 cup and add parmesean cheese and finely chopped basil with the egg. I usually skip the chicken and use the acini de pepe pasta. The spinich makes this thick and delicious. Add plenty of pepper. Wonderful! Thanks Chuck. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
This was a hit what a great way to get a 5 year old to eat spinach she loved it. And my husband said "great way to get a 34 year old to eat his spinach too". Like some of the other folks I adjusted a bit used 1 large onion instead of 2 and that was PLENTY used 1/2 sausage and 1/2 ground beef for my meatballs plus ITALIAN bread crumbs. I also baked my meatballs in the oven until browned before adding to soup. I did use the acini di pepe which I boiled seperately then added to stockpot. Also I used 12 cups of chicken stock you really need it once you add all of those lovely veggies and stuff. Once again it was delicious and thank the original maker for giving me a great base to play around with a bit we will DEFINATELY be making this again. ALSO this is a very FILLING soup a small salad and some crusty bread and you have a great meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2004
Great recipe - very easy! Even easier was making it in the crockpot... I followed the recipe pretty much completely to the letter except: -Added more stock - probably about another can (14.5oz cans) and a half -Crockpot on High for 5 hours -Added pasta 30 minutes before the end (same as recipe) -Added cooked chicken (leftovers) 30 minutes before the end Came out great - HUGE batch of soup - definitely freezing the leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2006
This was the first time I made Wedding Soup. I had tasted this soup only once in a coffee shop and had been dreaming of it since. I did make a few chages though. Like others I thought it needed more liquid so i added about 4 cups of water to the 48 ounces of broth. (Next time I'll just get an extra can) I only used one lg onion. I used italian bread crumbs in the meatballs. I also cooked the orzo separately so it wouldn't cause the beautiful clear broth to become cloudy. All in all I was very proud of this soup and my 12 year old ate spinach and loved it.:) May substitute KALE next time. T. LeBlanc Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2005
Excellent soup different from anything that I've ever prepared. It was actually fun to make. I used ground turkey in place of ground beef used Italian flavored breadcrumbs and added a little Italian seaoning. Also used an extra cn of chicken broth. Be careful with the acini de pepe pasta it swells quite a bit and mine was a little thick I think about 3/4 cup of dry pasta is about right. Served with hot homemeade rolls and a glass of cabernet. Perfect for a cold winters day. We loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2006
I changed some of the ingredients: I only used 1/2 of the bread crumbs called for and I used two eggs with the ground beef. I used chopped fresh kale instead of spinach due to the spinach shortage. I only used two carrots not two cups and 1 celery stalk. I doubled the amount of chicken stock as other suggested and just before serving I mixed in two beaten eggs and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese mixing the eggs in slowly until they were cooked through as all traditional Italian wedding soups should have. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2006
This was tasty although you HAVE TO double the broth or you end up eating a stew instead of a soup. The whole kitchen smelled warm and inviting while it simmered and it was the perfect meal for the first cold night of autumn along with some Italian bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2007
Loved this soup - perfect on a cold rainy night! I added a couple of tablespoons of pesto to the meatballs - they were fantastic. Used a 48oz can and 2 14oz cans of broth - might just use 2 large cans next time as the flavor was plenty intense enough to handle the extra liquid. Next time would NOT use chopped spinach as it made the pot look like it was covered in grass clippings! (Using regular and chopping it myself would give a much better look to the dish. The accompanying photos definitely do not have chopped greens in them.) Definitely going into the rotation - wonderful flavor. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/02/2009
It's missing Parmigiano Reggiano. I would use fresh escarole not frozen spinach. The other vegetables don't belong neither does the chicken. And by all means don't use canned chicken broth. Read More
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