Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Wedding SoupItalian Wedding Soup refers to the mistranslation of the Italian language phrase “minestra maritata (“married soup”),” which is a reference to the fact that green vegetables and meats go well together (according to Wikipedia).  This version is low in fat and calories (perfect for those New Year’s resolutions), offers good lean protein and packs a variety of tasty veggies.

One of the reasons I post recipes on this site is so we can all have easy access to healthy meals. I love being able to open up my I-pad to follow cooking instructions instead of finding the right piece of paper in the large stack in my recipe folder.  This recipe was introduced to me when a friend and I did a meal swap for a few months. (Each one of us made double portions of food on different days and saved each other cooking once a week.)  I’ve made my tweaks over time and here it is in the present form…


  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 medium peeled carrots
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 package of ground turkey
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c Italian bread crumbs
  • 8 cups of chicken broth (I do 8 cups water plus 2 TBSP Better Than Bouillon)
  • 1/2 to 1 full bag washed fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: Pastina (a tiny star shaped pasta) You can boil this separately from the rest of the soup and add the cooked product at the end if you want.  I like the soup both ways, but usually make it without the pasta.


  • Finely chop or food process (I do this) all veggies (carrots, celery, onion) and saute for 5 minutes in olive oil.


  • Combine meat, beaten egg, garlic, cheese, bread crumbs, add salt and pepper to taste.  Form into small (about 1 inch) meatballs and set aside.


  • Bring chicken stock to boiling, add veggies and meatballs.  Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.  Stir in the spinach, when wilted, it’s done.  Add cooked pastina if you want.

Feel free to play around with seasonings and amounts of veggies.

Second Meal Idea:

The meatball part of this recipe is AMAZING to make on its own.  Make the meatballs according to instructions and boil them in about 4 cups of chicken broth. Add the cooked meatballs to spaghetti sauce, top with cheese and serve on hoagie buns for meatball sub sandwiches.

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