Easy Italian Wedding Soup #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on January 13, 2013

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

When it comes to meal time, do you sit at the table or stand and graze? For the longest time, I’ve been a grazer. Heck, when you’re single, what’s to stop you from foregoing a plate entirely and noshing straight out of the pan? So bad, I know. What’s worse, I eventually turned Morgan into a grazer, even though he preferred a sit down meal. And he’s not the only one to adopt my lazy ways. Then last year, I decided to turn that all around. No more eating at the trough. Being a newlywed, it was all part of the “nesting” thing.

When I looked to the Web for inspiration, I stumbled across the Sunday Supper Movement. Perfect! Eventually, when I relaunched this site in July, I became a participating member, and I’m so honored and excited to be here to celebrate Sunday Supper’s one year birthday. This week, I’m bringing to the table an incredible Easy Italian Wedding Soup, inspired by none other than the Sunday Supper Movement founder, Isabel aka Family Foodie.

You might be surprised to learn that Italian Wedding Soup has nothing to do with weddings at all and is, in fact, a mistranslation of sorts. Minestra maritata, literally “married soup,” refers to the combination of meats with greens. In Italian, to say two things go well together, they are said to be married, or maritata. This age-old Neapolitan staple was loaded with lots of meats and greens–much heartier fare than today’s standard Italian-American version. Isabel’s Easy Italian Wedding Soup is quite filling, though, as it’s chock full of mini pork meatballs, but the delicate blend of chicken broth, spinach and a little pasta help keep it light. It’s super easy to prepare, too, and as we work our way through another cold snap here on the Left Coast, I was glad to have a steaming bowl of this soup to keep me warm.

Shall we begin?

soaking bread

First, let’s soak that french bread in the milk. Once it’s all good and soggy, squeeze the milk out (yes, with your bare hands), and put it in a larger mixing bowl for the meatball mixture.

meatball mixture

Add the remaining meatball ingredients to this bowl and mix well. You should start with a wooden spoon and finish off mixing with your hands for best results. What can I say? Meatballs are messy business!

Mini Pork Meatballs

Preheat the oven to 375F, and get your pan ready. Scoop (2 teaspoons) the meat mixture and shape into little balls, lining up on the pan about 2 inches apart.

Mini Pork Meatballs

Bake these bad boys for 10-12 minutes or until no longer pink inside. While the meatballs are baking, put the chicken broth in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.

spinach mixture

Blend the spinach, eggs, Parmesan cheese and white pepper in a bowl. Then drop by the spoonful into the boiling broth, stirring well after each addition. Reduce the heat and let simmer for a couple of minutes.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Now add the meatballs and Orzo pasta to the soup and let simmer an additional 20 minutes or until the pasta is done.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Serve piping hot with a little Parmesan on top and a crusty loaf on the side. Enjoy!

4.8 from 5 reviews
Easy Italian Wedding Soup
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A delicate blend of chicken broth, spinach and pasta, and chock full of mini pork meatballs make this easy Italian wedding soup perfect for a cold winter's day.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 10 oz package of chopped frozen spinach, thawed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 4 quarts low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz Orzo pasta
  • Mini Pork Meatballs (recipe below)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Drain spinach, squeezing all the water out.
  2. Mix spinach, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and white pepper in a bowl.
  3. In a large pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Drop spinach mixture by the spoonful into the boiling broth, stirring well after each addition. Lower heat and simmer about two minutes.
  4. Add the Orzo pasta and meatballs, and simmer for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through.

4.8 from 5 reviews
Mini Pork Meatballs
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These mini pork meatballs are bursting with flavor and the are the perfect addition to Italian wedding soup.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
  • 2 slices french bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1½ lb lean ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  1. In a medium bowl, soak the bread in the milk until soggy all the way through. With your hands, squeeze the milk out of the bread and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon (or better yet, use your hands).
  3. Preheat oven to 375F.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Using a small cookie scoop (ie, two teaspoons full), shape the meat mixture into small balls, and line in rows on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done.


We are celebrating this week’s birthday event by choosing recipes from contributors that have inspired us in the past year.  With 52 weeks of inspiration, it was hard to pick just one. Let’s see what others are serving up.

Sunday Supper Appetizers:

 Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:

 Sunday Supper Main Dishes: 

Sunday Supper Veggies: 

Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks: 

 Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:

Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

What a fun event filled with such good food! I only wish I could actually taste each one. Oh wait! I can. I have the recipes. Time to get cooking…

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