Italian Wedding Soup is loaded with meatballs, pasta and vegetables in every bite! A comforting, healthy soup recipe that everyone will love!
What Is Italian Wedding Soup Made Of?
Italian Wedding Soup, authentically know as Minestra Maritata, usually consists of green vegetables like escarole, kale or spinach and ground beef and/or sausage. The meat is usually in the form of small meatballs that float in a flavorful chicken broth.
We love topping this soup recipe with grated parmesan cheese and fresh cracked black pepper. Crusty bread or crackers on the side for dipping is also our go to.
Our Italian Wedding Soup is made with ground beef and pork meatballs that are so delicious on their own, we make sure to make a lot of them. Soup that only has a stray meatball here and there isn’t any fun, in my opinion. So our Minestra Maritata has meatballs to spare!
Can You Freeze Italian Wedding Soup?
There’s two different ways to finish off this soup. One way is to cook the ditalini pasta right in the broth and the other is to cook the pasta separately and add it to each bowl as you serve.
Both ways are good, it’s up to you how you make it, but if you are going to freeze this soup I would add the pasta in separately so it doesn’t get mushy after it’s frozen.
If you do cook the pasta in the soup, just note that the pasta will soak up some of the broth so leftovers will have less broth than when you first make the soup. We love that thick pasta loaded soup consistency but if you prefer your soup to have more broth then definitely cook it on the side.
What Other Vegetables Can You Add To This Soup?
Like I mentioned before, traditional Italian Wedding soup usually has escarole, spinach, kale or even lettuce. We typically use fresh spinach but you can also use frozen spinach. Baby kale is a great option if you don’t cook with kale often.
When kale simmers in a soup broth like this one it will get very tender, not like the rough kale you’ll find in salads or even quickly sautéed for a side dish. So when we do eat kale, it’s usually in a soup recipe like this Italian Wedding Soup.
Can I Use Frozen Meatballs In This Soup Recipe?
Honestly, I haven’t found a frozen meatball that I really like, but if you have then go ahead and skip the meatball part of this recipe and add frozen meatballs.
I’m sure that this is a great time to use frozen meatballs since they will cook in the broth and therefore become more flavorful than they were. Again, I’m not a huge fan but if you need to shave some time off of this recipe than find the best frozen meatballs you can and add them in here.
Sometimes we just make the meatballs for this soup, double the batch, and freeze them for a later time. That way when we go to make this recipe that part is already finished, cutting the recipe time down in half.
But do try and make this soup as is the first time you try it, it’s absolutely one of our family favorites and you won’t be disappointed by the flavor!
Looking For More Soup Recipes?
- Hearty Chicken Cacciatore Soup
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Split Pea and Ham Soup
- Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
- Homemade Turkey Soup
Meatballs, pasta and vegetables in a super flavorful broth topped with grated parmesan cheese…this comforting soup recipe has all you need in one bowl!
For The Meatballs:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or several grates of fresh nutmeg)
- Fresh black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
For The Soup:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh black pepper to taste
- 5 ounces fresh baby spinach, rough chopped
- 1 cup ditalini pasta
- Grated parmesan cheese for serving the soup
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add all the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl and mix together until blended.
- Form the meat mixture into meatballs a little smaller than golf ball size then place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake the meatballs for 12 minutes then set aside.
- Add the oil to a large soup pot or dutch oven. add the onions and carrots and cook for 7-8 minutes until softened.
- Add the garlic to the pot, cook for 30 seconds and then stir in the tomato paste.
- Pour in the chicken broth, then add the thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Bring the soup to a simmer and then add the fresh spinach to wilt into the soup.
- Simmer the soup for 15 minutes over medium heat. Add the meatballs and ditalini pasta to the soup, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes uncovered. Stir the soup occasionally so that the pasta doesn’t stick together.
- Taste the soup for seasonings and garnish with grated parmesan cheese.
You can also use a meatloaf mix instead of sausage and ground beef to make the meatballs. Meatloaf mix is a combination of ground beef, ground pork and ground veal which is usually found in most grocery stores in the butcher department.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove Top/Oven
- Cuisine: American
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