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Italian Wedding Soup


  • 1⁄2lb lean ground beef
  • 1egg, slightly beaten
  • 2tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄2teaspoon dried basil
  • 1⁄2teaspoon onion powder
  • 5 3⁄4cups chicken broth
  • 2cups chopped escarole or 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1⁄2cup orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1⁄3cup finely chopped carrot
  • grated parmesan cheese


  • In medium bowl combine, meat, egg,bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil& onion powder; shape into 3/4" balls.
  • In large sauce pan, heat broth to boiling; stir in spinach, orzo, carrot& meatballs.
  • Return to boil;reduce heat to medium.
  • Cook at slow boil for 10 minutes or until orzo is tender.
  • Stir frequently to avoid sticking.
  • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.


  • Christina1

    I made this recipe yesterday for a client and it turned out yummy! So good that I am making it for my husband and myself tonight! I did make a few changes – I kind of combined two recipes where I made my own stock at the beginning by simmering chicken stock with carrots, herbs, celery and onions. And, I added fresh chopped sage and lemon juice to the meatballs and sauteed them in a dry frying pan just until they were browned to give them a more pleasing color. Then I added them to the broth with the spinach (used frozen chopped) and orzo (I just love orzo). I also added crushed tomatoes, fresh minced garlic, lemon juice and parmesan cheese at the very end and simmered for another 5 minutes or so. Made garlic parmesan toast to go along with it. I love the recipe – and am so glad I found it!

  • RecipeNut

    I must give this recipe 5 stars! It is delicious! I did brown the meat balls before adding to the soup and added extra onion powder.

  • Auntie Jan

    Very good. I have also made this with italian sausage and the longer you let it simmer the better the flavor. Wonderful taste.

  • Myrya

    I used the tips from Christina1 when I made this wonderful soup! Except I didnt use orzo (because I couldnt find it at the market), I used capelli d’ angelo instead, a few cloves minced fresh garlic and some chives… it turned out fantastic! I also browned the meatballs, but used a full pound of ground beef instead. This is a nice example of a recipe you can play with!

  • BoxO’Wine

    I made this soup for my DH and DD per their request for Italian Wedding soup just like they used to get at a deli near work. I used escarole and also browned the meatballs before putting them in the broth. Both enjoyed the soup and said it was better than the deli version.

  • Cowboy76 Kramer

    I made this for my wife and I last night. We both found this soup wounderful. Was a big change from the style of cooking I normaly do. I am normaly cooking up the spicy stuff, but this was nice for a change.

  • ciao

    This soup is incredibly easy and delicious! My husband asked me to make some of this soup, and he had three bowls! I couldn’t get him to stop! In fact, I have 1/2 lb. of hamburg left over, and he’s asked me to make it again tonight! I’ll most definitely be making this regularly for my family! By the way, I used frozen chopped spinach, and added a couple cloves minced garlic, and some black pepper. Delicious!

  • Malriah

    My honey asked me to make this. He ate two bowls! I added garlic and parmesan cheese to the meat balls and browned them first. Served with a crusty frech bread for a great dinner.

  • Wendy W88

    I made this for dinner last night, while my husband was at a special dinner with friends. He sampled some later that evening, then had me make a new batch today! He and my daughter really love this soup. I used spinach. Love the colors of spinach and carrots in this! Very tasty!

  • *Pixie*

    I love Italian Wedding Soup and this is the first time I have tried making it myself, but it won’t be the last! This was great! I used spinach in mine and it turned out just delicious, even better than East Side Mario’s!! Thanks so much for the recipe.