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Italian Wedding Soup With Meatballs

           I decided to update this recipe last week for 3 reasons.
#1. The picture below doesn't do this soup justice, it was so long over due for a picture overhaul. I left the step by step pictures from long ago, so no judgement please! 
#2. I realize sometimes it's hard to find curly endive and I wanted to see if kale would make a great substitute.
The good news is it's fabulous with either! I really don't have a prefrence.
#3. The weathers quickly becoming soup weather and this tops our all time favorite soups! 
So I thought I would be kind and re-share! 
Just in case you need something to warm the soul.

Today I am going to let you in on a little secret. 
Are you ready? Lean in a bit closer.. I am in love with soup! Let's just be honest I have quite a few yummy soup recipes I have taken my sweet time to get around to posting because I have been a little bit worried you might think I have a bit of a soup addiction. 
Ok, let's be real your right I do!
 If you lived in Washington with an overall lack of sunshine and way more rain then even a person who loves the rain can stand at times, you would love soup too! Then add a nice crusty bread and a salad with a little balsamic dressing, bingo I'm in love! 
This soup is definitely hearty with the meatballs, pasta and strands of egg stirred in.
 This is always a favorite soup in our house and with a little star or alphabet shaped pasta the kiddos gobble it up!
 If you are looking for a more of adult flair feel free to use any small shaped pasta.
In a large bowl mix until fully combined hamburger, ground pork, fine chopped onion, egg, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. 

Scoop meatballs using a regular size cookie scoop or a tablespoon. Roll into balls and set aside on a cookie sheet.
Bring 12 cups Chicken Stock to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently place meatballs into simmering stock. Simmer until meatballs float to the top about 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup pasta to the the simmering broth with meatballs. Cook for about 5-6 minutes.
Wash chopped curly endive (chicory) or Kale well and drain. Add to the soup.
(Imagine picture because the old picture was just that bad!)
Beat 3 eggs with 1 tablespoon water. Slowly drizzle in the egg mixture into the soup while stirring at the same time. Cook for 1 minute. 
Serve topped with fresh Parmesan cheese.

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Italian Wedding Soup With Meatballs

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Italian Wedding Soup With Meatballs.
Prep time: PT20M
Cook time: PT20M
Total time: PT40M
Yield: 6 Servings

For Meatballs:
  • 3/4 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 3/4 pound Ground Pork Or Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 whole Onions, Chopped Fine
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Parsley, Chopped Fine
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
To Assemble Soup:
  • 12 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt and Pepper, Or To Taste
  • 1 cup Small Pasta, Like Stars, Alphabets, Orzo Or Ditalini Pasta
  • 1 bunch Curly Endive (Chicory) or Kale, Chopped And Washed Well
  • 3 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • Additional Parmesan For Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. For Meatballs: In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. 
  2. Scoop meatballs using a regular size cookie scoop or a tablespoon. For larger meatballs use 2 tablespoons of meat mixture. Roll into balls and set aside on a cookie sheet.
  3. To Assemble Soup: Bring chicken stock to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Gently add meatballs to simmering stock and return to a simmer. Simmer until meatballs float to the top, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add pasta and cook 5-6 minutes, until pasta is al dente.
  5. Beat eggs, water and pinch of salt in a small bowl, Set Aside.
  6. Add washed curly endive or kale to soup. Cook for about 1 minute or until soft.
  7. While soup is simmering stir in beaten egg mixture while stirring in a circle. Cook 1 minute.
  8. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.
Italian Wedding Soup with Meatballs the perfect comfort food!


  1. Oh, I love soup too! It would be one of the foods I'd want if I were trapped on a desert island, because I never get sick of it. This one looks yummy, I'll have to try it.

  2. what a great recipe.... I've never done the egg. I must try ;)

  3. Great-great soup! I love this soup too, and have been in love with it since i was very little...:)

  4. hot n yum soup! my hub love soups n i too

  5. That is really just the sort of dish we would love. Bookmarked with thanks. Diane

  6. This, by far, is one of my favorite soups as well. All the food groups in one big bowl-yum! I will need to try this version. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

  7. Ohhhhh, yum. I love this classic soup. Great details to help me make it. Thanks!

  8. I love homemade Italian Wedding Soup!! And I love the addition of mustard in these meatballs!!! I'll have to try that! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  9. YUM! This is one of my favorite soups....and it's definitely soup weather today :)

  10. Yummy-licious! Perfect Spring soup! It's raining today and I am seriously craving your soup, Serena :) Have a wonderful Sunday my friend! xoxo

  11. That looks so much better then the canned wedding soup I enjoy.

  12. I am pinning this because I also just love soup with crusty bread:) Of course living in the southwest, I have to wait for a good day (rain?) to have soup. Just hopping over from Anything goes at Eye Heart Mondays for a little visit and am glad I did, I scored a great soup recipe!

  13. so totally impressive..I'm all over the recipe..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  14. I've got to try this. Thanks for follower,

    Sandie lee

  15. Oh this looks completely fantastic. I'm such a huge fan of Italian Wedding Soup. This looks like a perfect meal.

  16. Your meatball seasoning sounds awesome and I love the endives in the soup! I've been looking for a good Italian Wedding Soup recipe - so glad I found one!

  17. Love this delicious looking soup! Comforting & healthy soup that my teenage kiddo will surely love it too! I'm a soup person too & I guess that the Parisien weather are the same as Washington, raining even as I'm writing this comment! How I wish I can send you some sunshine but I'm lack of it too!! LOL Have a nice day, Serena! :)

  18. Oh my, can you send me some? This looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  19. I love soup too, and this looks quite yummy! Thank you for sharing!

  20. This is such a classic Italian soup and I promoting Mediterranean Diet Month on my blog. I would really love it if you would share this on my foodie friday party today.

  21. Your version of Italian Wedding Soup looks fantastic! Those meatballs simmering away in the stock look mouthwatering! I love soup too, and I host a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups and stocks/broths (and other soupy dishes such as chowders/stews/chilis), every Sunday! I would love you to come and post this recipe. Just stop by my blog on Sunday - the link will be up!

    I hope to see you there:)

  22. Never made Italian Wedding Soup...but your recipe and photo look amazing.Looking forward to taste it!!Thank you

  23. This Italian wedding soup sounds so warm and inviting on this chilly night!! I wish I had it to warm me up right now! ;)

  24. So you put the meatballs into the soup raw and they cook in the broth?

    1. Hi Ella, Yes the meatballs go into the stock raw and cook in the broth! Please let me know if you have any more questions! Thanks so much!

  25. I always bake the meatballs on a wire rack first so the fat drips off, and then add the baked meatballs into the simmering home made chicken broth.

    In my experience adding uncooked meatballs into soup stock make the soup very greasy, and that is something I rather avoid.

    1. Great tip! Thanks for sharing! I haven't run into this soup being greasy but I do use very lean ground beef. Thanks for sharing!



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