This easy Italian wedding soup is cozy, satisfying, and full of fresh Italian flavors! It pairs traditional Italian meatballs with chopped vegetables and pasta.
About This Recipe
This is an easy dinner recipe that's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or if you're craving a cozy bowl of soup. It's hearty and satisfying while still using healthy ingredients and plenty of vegetables too!
What makes this recipe so easy is that the meatballs will cook in the oven as you make your soup (cooking the vegetables & pasta together). Everything goes in 1 pot and there's a total cook time of only 25 minutes.
This recipe also keeps well, so you could make a large batch as meal prep for your week or to freeze for later.
What Is Italian Wedding Soup?
The name 'wedding soup' comes from the idea of the 'marriage' of meat and vegetables in this recipe. Today, Italian wedding soup is usually made with meatballs, vegetables (carrots, celery, spinach), and pasta.
The flavors are almost similar to chicken noodles soup — with meatballs instead of chicken & small pasta instead of large noodles.
How to Make Italian Wedding Soup
Italian wedding soup looks impressive but is simple to make. You'll cook your meatballs in the oven while you cook your vegetables and then pasta (all in the same pot) on the stove.
What Pasta Is in Italian Wedding Soup?
Most commonly, Italian Wedding Soup is made with acini de pepe or orzo pasta. You could also substitute any small pasta (ditalini is another popular alternative).
Tips & Tricks for The Recipe
- To make the meatballs: I like to use a cookie scoop (like this one) to make meatballs of even sizes and then roll them with your hands. Add a little olive oil on your hands if you find the meat is too sticky.
- Double your batch: since this recipe calls for ½ pound of beef and pork, I usually end up buying a pound of each and doubling the recipe. This recipe is tasty as leftovers & freezes well!
- How to cook your pasta: cook your pasta according to the package instructions until it's al dente (still a little firm in the middle). It's best to test a piece of pasta to see if it's cooked.
How to Store This Italian Wedding Soup
- In the fridge: store in an airtight container for up to 3 - 5 days.
- In the freezer: cool in the fridge and then store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.