Bea's Italian Wedding Soup

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"I remember the first time I tried this was at a friends house and I really enjoyed it. I live in an Italian neighbourhood so I asked around for a recipe. No one actually had a recipe, it was more or less a bit of this and a bit of that, so off I went on a venture to make a great Italian Wedding Soup recipe. This is what I came up with and still stick to when making this soup. My husband says this is the best soup I have ever made, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (332.7 g)
  • Calories 394.5
  • Total Fat - 25 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 181.2 mg
  • Sodium - 910.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 1.9 g
  • Protein - 33.8 g
  • Calcium - 123.5 mg
  • Iron - 3.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

Whisk together the milk, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, ground fennel seeds, salt, onion powder and pepper and mix well with the ground meat; from into bite sized meatballs and set aside.

Step 2

Pour the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot and bring to medium-high heat; add the vegetables and cook until onions are translucent.

Step 3

Add the broth and bring to a boil and add the pasta.

Step 4

Add the meatballs, one at a time and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Add the escarole or kale and cook until wilted, ladle into bowls and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


I love this version of Italian Wedding Soup! I ended up increasing all of the ingredients a bit because I bought a "meatloaf mix" one pound of meat (ground beef, ground veal and ground pork). I also added about a full cup of very small pasta (instead of a 1/2 cup, because I adore pasta!). I used swiss chard for the greens, sliced thin. I added more salt and pepper to the soup broth. This really is a wonderful and tasty soup. Comfort food! I'm excited to take a big bowlful with me to work tomorrow - plus have lots of leftovers for more lunches/snacks. Thank you!

review by:
(5 Oct 2015)


One mouthful of this soup and you had me! It is delicious!

review by:
(24 Sep 2015)


This was my first time making this kind of soup and I was pleasantly surprised how much flavor it had. I loved the lamb and pork together as well. It was tummy warming, tasted great and was easy to make so it gets 5 stars all the way from me. I enjoyed all the leftovers too and the flavor got better and better with each bowl. I will definitely make this again. Thanks so much for this great tasting soup Bea! Linda

(16 Feb 2015)