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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

{This post was revised and edited from my old blog “My Fabulous Recipes”} I am a big fan of wedding soup – although I’ve only made it once or twice before. Since I had some yummy meatballs in my freezer, I decided to make it again. I wasn’t so sure where the term “wedding soup” came from so I did a little research… by research, I mean I went to wikipedia. :) So apparently, the term is a mistranslation of the Italian language, “minestra maritata” which literally means (married soup). It’s a reference to the fact that green vegetables and meat go well together. How cute. :)


It was my first time trying the tiny pasta called “acini di pepe”. It was perfect for this soup and I will definitely use it again in other soups when I get a chance. And I could NOT find escarole anywhere! I went to four different local grocery stores just to find it but no luck. So I replaced it with kale – which was great! I used my favorite meatballs – the Kirkland Italian meatballs but feel free to use your favorite recipe for meatballs. I loved the Kirkland ones in the soup because the meatballs brought out a really amazing flavor with a hint of garlic.


Italian Wedding Soup

  • 24 Kirkland Italian Meatballs (or your favorite meatball recipe)
  • 8 cups (4 cans) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups kale, trimmed and cut into ½-inch stripes (or escarole)
  • 1 cup dried acini di pepe pasta

  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine broth, carrots, dried oregano, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper and bring it to boiling. Add the meatballs and stir and continue to cook, about 3-5 minutes. Add the kale (or escarole) and pasta and stir well. Cook about 10 more minutes, or until the pasta is fully cooked and the kale is wilted.


2 Responses to “Italian Wedding Soup”

  1. #
    Kitchen Belleicious — November 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Italian wedding soup is one of my favorite things to make when the weather starts getting cooler. This looks wonderful

  2. #
    Belinda @zomppa — November 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    This is still one of my favorite soups in the world.

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