This is my mother's recipe handed down. We sometimes take 4 beaten eggs and drizzle them into the soup near the end of the cooking time. We used to call this 'rag soup' because the eggs formed what looked like torn rags.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a large stockpot, place the chicken, whole onion and cans of broth. Add enough water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and cook until the chicken is falling off of the bones.

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  • Remove the chicken from the pot and separate the meat from the bones. Tear chicken into bite sized pieces and return them to the soup pot. Remove the onion from the broth, chop and return to the pot. Add the celery, carrots, sweet potato and cabbage. Stir in the tomato paste.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs and Romano cheese. Mix well with your hands then form into walnut sized balls. Add the balls to the soup. Continue to cook the soup for an additional hour, or until vegetables are tender.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Serve the soup over pasta and top each bowl with a generous pinch of grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

297 calories; 12.4 g total fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 311 mg sodium. 23.5 g carbohydrates; 21.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2005
Overall we liked this recipe. The flavors were very good but next time I will leave out the tomato paste. We think it will be more appealing with a golden broth color instead of the red of a vegetable soup. Also I substituted spinach for the cabbage because all wedding soups I have had previously used spinach. Very good basic recipe easy to tweak. Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2004
Okay. Wasn't impressed with this soup. I guess I was looking for the normal wedding soup recipe. I should have known by the ingredients that it was a clear broth. It wasn't a terrible soup just not what my family's taste buds were in the mood for. Read More
(5)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2005
Overall we liked this recipe. The flavors were very good but next time I will leave out the tomato paste. We think it will be more appealing with a golden broth color instead of the red of a vegetable soup. Also I substituted spinach for the cabbage because all wedding soups I have had previously used spinach. Very good basic recipe easy to tweak. Thanks. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2005
Overall we liked this recipe. The flavors were very good but next time I will leave out the tomato paste. We think it will be more appealing with a golden broth color instead of the red of a vegetable soup. Also I substituted spinach for the cabbage because all wedding soups I have had previously used spinach. Very good basic recipe easy to tweak. Thanks. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2003
Sooooo delicious! I add spinach and regular potatoes. Use chicken cutlets and dice them boil them with the onion and garlic in buillion base water. Then add more water and buillion and all other ingredients. Roll the meatballs real small. Instaed of tamato paste you can just cut up one tomato. It is sooooo delicious! Between me and my fiancee we gobble it up in a couple of days. Great for cold weather. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
OK..I changed alot of things after reading the reviews and suggestions. This is what I did. I used boneless chicken breasts only (about 3 pounds) and 2 pounds of ground sirloin. I omitted the celery because we aren't a huge fan of cooked celery. I used 2 Russett Potatoes UNPEELED instead of sweet Potatoes and I did cube them (not too small). I didn't use any cabbage I instead used baby spinach coarsely chopped (NOT a whole bag..about half a bag) I also added alot more chicken broth when everything was in the pot to start cooking together. I added water also and ONE cube of chicken bouillon. I just eyed how much water and broth I needed to make a soup. I used about 2.5 tablespoons of basil oregano and garlic tomato paste. When I made the meatballs. I seasoned the meat also with alot of Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning garlic powder. I also used Italian bread crumbs NOT plain. The soup as a whole was seasoned with fresh cracked pepper SYM and garlic powder..LOTS of it for flavor..also a pinch of Red pepper flakes. I added the spinach towards the end too. when the chicken was cooking with the onion..I seasoned that also. I used aged Parmesan and aged Romana. THIS soup was VERY Good. it made ALOT and i served it with cheese rolls. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2003
This soup is great!!! I've made it twice now and my family just loves it. Thanks for the recipe I'll be doing this one a lot. Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2004
Okay. Wasn't impressed with this soup. I guess I was looking for the normal wedding soup recipe. I should have known by the ingredients that it was a clear broth. It wasn't a terrible soup just not what my family's taste buds were in the mood for. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2011
I enjoyed this very much. Like many I did make changes to it. But my version 2.0 will have many more changes. I loved DENISELAIRD's recommendations and I will take some of those in to account. The pasta with this makes it yummy. I personally also made myself some Egg whites and added it to some spoonfuls of the soup. It was GREAT! and it it pretty nutritious for us bodybuilders:). Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2012
Really good soup! Will make again without the meatballs to make it lighter. We did not serve over pasta but just ate the soup with some fresh bread. One thing I did discover: boiling chicken pieces bone in or boneless in chicken stock is a great and fast way to make juicy chicken! Read More
(2)
Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2018
Not standard Wedding soup - our family recipe had no tomato no potato and we used the pearl pasta cooked in the soup. Escarole was the green used. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2014
Great hearty soup for a rainy or cold day. Served it over penne pasta and it was a hit with the family. This recipe easily makes 24 servings. Read More