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5 from 21 votes

BEST Italian Wedding Soup

This soup featuring tiny pasta, greens, meatballs and cheese is sure to become a favorite!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • For the Meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground meat beef, pork, chicken or turkey or a combination of them combined with some sausage
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs preferably fresh
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Soup:
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 8 cups Aneto 100% Natural Chicken Broth or homemade (quality broth makes all the difference
  • 1 cup acini di pepe or other tiny pasta
  • 1 large bunch leafy greens roughly chopped (e.g., kale, escarole, curly endive, spinach)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for serving
  • Red pepper flakes for serving optional


  • Place all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl or food processor and knead with your hands or pulse with the food processor until thoroughly combined.
  • Form the mixture into tiny meatballs, about 1/2 inch in diameter and place them on a platter or cookie sheet. Wrap them with plastic wrap and refrigerate them until ready to use.
  • In a medium stock pot, heat the oil and cook the onions and garlic until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil.
  • Gently drop the meatballs into the soup followed by the pasta. Let the meatballs and pasta simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the leafy greens and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until wilted.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dish up the soup and serve sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Optional (a tradition in some circles): At very end, once the greens are wilted, whisk 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese together with 1 large egg. Stir the broth to get it moving and gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the broth, stirring it gently with a fork to form thin stands of egg.


*The meatballs can be made a day in advance as a time-saver and kept refrigerated.
*The longer the soup sits the more liquid the pasta will absorb, so if eating leftovers add more chicken broth.
Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 603mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 3mg