Kittencal's Italian Wedding Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"I recommend to make the meatballs a day in advance to allow the flavors to blend, a good quality chicken broth will only improve on the flavor, this is a wonderful soup to serve to guests and the complete recipe may be doubled"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (381.9 g)
  • Calories 201.7
  • Total Fat - 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 75.6 mg
  • Sodium - 1593.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 0.8 g
  • Protein - 16.2 g
  • Calcium - 127.9 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS: in a bowl combine all ingredients together, using clean hands mix until well combined.

Step 2

Shape into 3/4-inch balls.

Step 3

Place onto a plate or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 4

Pour the chicken broth in a large saucepan then add in the black pepper; bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 5

Drop in the meatballs, then stir in the escarole or spinach, lemon zest and uncooked orzo; return to a simmer.

Step 6

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the orzo is tender.

Step 7

Optional; at the end of cooking mix in 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese until heated through. Season with salt if desired.

Step 8

Ladle into bowl then sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese on top.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


I love Italian wedding soup and this one is a great one. I really appreciated the alternate ingredients offered in this recipe, it is quite versatile. I doubled the meatball recipe because we love lots of meatballs in ours and used rice and spinach, LOVED it!!


review by:
(9 Feb 2017)


Absolutely delicious soup. I have always loved Italian Wedding Soup but I haven't made it for a long time. This recipe is so yummy and love how it incorporated lemon zest which brings it over the top. Oh my, I want to have some more as I write it but it's all gone. In my family we all LOVED it. Made it for the Pick Me Tag game. Thank you Kittencal for sharing another winner recipe of yours.


review by:
(13 Nov 2016)

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