Nov 22

Italian Wedding Soup {A Step Up From Chicken Noodle}

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Next time you're craving the comfort of homemade chicken noodle soup, give this Italian Wedding Soup a whirl. It does require a bit of a time commitment to produce a flavorful broth, but I promise you, it's definitely worth the time and effort.

Whip up some of these Italian Romano Meatballs while you're simmering the chicken initially and you'll end up with a freezer filled with dinners for nights to come as both the meatballs and the soup recipes are plentiful enough to have quantities left over for freezing.

Paired with a crusty loaf of bread, this soup is delicious when you're feeling under the weather or even at a dinner gathering. It always gets rave reviews for me.

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup


  • 1 frying chicken
  • 5 quarts water
  • 2 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach (10-oz.)
  • 1 lb. mini Italian Romano meatballs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 lb. acini de pepe pasta
  • 1/4 cup Romano cheese + extra for garnish


  1. Simmer chicken in water for one hour.
  2. Remove from heat. Let the chicken cool, and then debone and return the meat to the broth. Do not strain the broth; however, you can skim any foam off the top.
  3. Add onions, celery, spinach, meatballs, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic, and simmer for another hour.
  4. Add acini de pepe and Romano cheese, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with additional Romano cheese on top for garnish.

I've successfully substituted the large packages of bone-in chicken breasts, thighs and legs for the whole frying chicken in a pinch. Don't be afraid to change the type of chicken to taste.

by Tara | 11 comments

  • Diane Crowley

    I grew up eating Italian Wedding Soup. My mother and now I always used endive greens for this soup and in addition to the little meatballs, my mother also made her own croutons. She used stale Italian bread, dipped in beaten egg batter with a little salt and pepper, fried until golden. We then cut into cubes and they are gooooood in this soup. This soup is a traditional part of our Christmas meal as well as year round.

    • Oh, I will definitely try making some of those croutons next time we have this. That sounds delicious!

  • Diane Crowley

    Oh, I almost forgot this step that is left out in the above recipe. Just before serving, while soup is still hot - mix a raw egg as you would for making scrambled eggs, add some grated parmesean cheese to the beaten egg and drop into the hot soup - stir until the egg is cooked and blended throughout the soup - mmm, mmm, mmm. Can hardly wait to make some for this Christmas.

  • I love Italian wedding soup. It's always been one of my favorites, but I've never made it at home. I can't wait to try yours.

  • Renee

    # 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach
    # 1 lb.

    In the recipe, you didn't say 1lb of what.

    • Oops, how did I do that?!? It's 1 lb. of the mini Italian Romano Meatballs that I mentioned earlier in the post. Thanks so much for pointing that out!

  • Renee

    No problem. ^_^

  • layla

    my moms recipe has escarole tops/dark part only chopped mini meatballs in chicken soup and pastina ,star shaped pasta.

  • Diane Crowley

    I have found that endive is sometimes hard to find in my area so as of this summer I have used swiss chard. We grew some in our garden this year and we had a bumper crop. I have so much of it I had to freeze quite a bit. I made some "copy cat" Chicken & Gnocchi soup like that at Olive Garden. The recipe called for spinach so I used some of my frozen swiss chard and it was very good. Not exactly like the Olive Garden but darn close. I made the gnocchi with instant mashed potatoes. Quick and easy.

  • Janet Parker

    There is no recipe for the meatballs.

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