Italian Wedding Soup for the Spirit

by Travis Loncar on December 1, 2011

Hey there, folks! We made it through yet another “No Shave” November! The men of the house are once again without an itch, and the women are, well, happy. Anyways, Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the Holiday season, and this year, we’re starting things off with a gourmet recipe for wedding soup. During the month of December, as the shadow of a frigid winter begins to envelop our climate region, there’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup with bread to acclimate our spirits to the Holiday season. This winter, start the gift giving a little early and impress your relatives with a pot full of homemade Italian wedding soup! Sound like a plan? Let’s go with it!

holiday wedding soup


Ingredients – Soup & Meatballs

Part of the wedding soup making process is crafting the meatballs from scratch. While this certainly lengthens the ingredients list, it provides for authentic Italian meatball flavor – a necessity in any wedding soup recipe.

Italian Meatballs

  • 1 pound of ground meat (chicken or turkey)
  • 1 clove of pressed garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley (chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of cheese (shredded Parmesan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper
  • Some salt and pepper

Wedding Soup

  • 1 onion (large & diced)
  • 2 whole carrots (diced)
  • 3 stalks of celery (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of white wine (preferably dry)
  • 4 cups of your favorite chicken stock (from the store or homemade)
  • 3/4 cup of “peppercorn” pasta (Acini di pepe soup pasta)
  • 3 1/2 cups of spinach leaves
  • More salt and pepper

Directions – The Gift of Instruction!

Alright, now that you’ve gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to get cookin’! First, you’ll want to do the normal preheating ritual – 375˚ should be fine for our purposes. To keep things simple, we’ll start with the meatballs and move to the soup afterwards. At home, you’re welcome to do both simultaneously (if you have the helping hands). Okay – while the oven is preheating, simply mix all of the ingredients listed under ‘Italian Meatballs’ in a mixing bowl. When you have a nice, meaty mixture, use it to form small meatballs. A teaspoon can often help with this, but if you’re messy (like me), you can just use your fingers. As you form the meatballs, place them on a non-stick cooking sheet (making sure that they’re about an inch apart from one another). Once your sheet is full, bake the balls of meat for around 23 minutes (give or take a few) in your preheated oven. Once golden brown, remove and let cool. You’re halfway there!

italian wedding soup


Alright, now it’s time to get that soup a simmerin’! Begin by placing your soup pot over medium heat and adding the olive oil, onions, carrots, celery, and butter. Allow the veggies to cook for 10-13 minutes, salting and peppering as you see fit along the way. Next, add the wine, which will give your soup’s flavor a whole ‘nother dimension! When the wine has reduced to about 50%, pour in your homemade or store-purchased chicken stock, the “dot” pasta, and the meatballs that you just crafted. When your soup is nearing its cooking completion, throw in the spinach to allow it to cook through a little. And that’s it! You’re an Italian gourmet! Add a little grated Parmesan and some bread, and you’ll have your family members ranting and raving this Holiday season!

We hope this simple Italian wedding soup recipe helps to brighten your spirits on many a cold day this coming winter! Stay tuned for more holiday cheer coming your way in the following weeks!

Recipe derived from this recipe @ The Fresh Dish.

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