I’d Marry This Soup


Good evening!

MY, my, MY – when it rains it pours! The sky has not shut since I left my house at 5:15am!

I’m actually quite pleased that it’s so gloomy out, as it fits in perfectly with my plans for dinner – Italian Wedding Soup!


I don’t know how or why I have this recipe stored in my brain, but whenever I make it, I’m reminded of family. It is seriously one of the tastiest soups I have ever had – there were audible “Mmmm. MMMmm. MMMMMMs!” tonight!

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Honestly – it doesn’t get much better than this easy Italian wedding soup. It might beat out my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup…that’s sayin’ something!


It sounds strange, but the egg is really chewy and savory because it’s been infused with the Parmesan cheese, and the small pasta are so cute. :)


Wikipedia says: The term “wedding soup” is a mistranslation of the Italian language, minestra maritata (“married soup”), which is a reference to the fact that green vegetables and meats go well together.


I concur! These mini meatballs are really the star of this soup. The completely flavor the broth and are so incredibly delicious. I find them over in the meat department of my grocery store, but you can make your own, too.


Seriously guys – take 20 minutes to make this recipe for Italian wedding soup – you will be SO happy you did. I guarantee you will keep this recipe around to make again and again!!!

Well my little brother is in town from Colorado for Thanksgiving, so I’m going to go hit up my parent’s house to haaaaang with him and the fam for the evening. Soup belly, out!


What dishes remind you of your family?

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  1. shandy 11.24.2009

    Looks like I’ve got another soup to try this weekend! Yay! That last soup was so good, I feel absolutely compelled to make this…

  2. VeggieGirl 11.24.2009

    Italian Wedding Soup! Used to eat it all the time when I was younger :)

  3. Evan Thomas 11.24.2009

    That’s my mom’s favorite soup. She had it at her wedding. I think the mini paasta and meatballs are ridiculous

  4. I love this soup! It’s one of my favorites! The mini-meatballs are super cute!

  5. Lauren 11.24.2009

    I do the same thing! I always plan to have soups, stews, or warm cozy bowls of goodness when it rains. Just helps to get through a rainy day. :) Food makes everything better. ;)

  6. My family has some traditional welsh dishes that I love and no one I know makes them but my family. I especially love the Welsh Cookies and Welshman’s mess. Such family memories :-)

  7. Lizzy 11.24.2009

    i’ve never had this soup, but my sister loves it! it looks wonderful!

  8. Stephanie 11.24.2009

    (1) Pierogies and (2) ratatouille — (1) my nanny used to make these from scratch for every holiday, we’re Polish, and the tradition has carried on! and (2) one of my mom’s fave dinners to make all throughout the year depending on what was fresh – yum :) Love nostalgic foods!

  9. Anne K. 11.24.2009

    The soup looks delicious! Tuna steaks remind me of my family, since that’s our classic “special dinner” meal. And pierogies, kapusta, and chili remind me of our extended-family gatherings. Those are staples :)

  10. katie 11.25.2009

    NEVER had that type of soup girl!! and your overnight oats from last post look..soo.. good!

  11. Pamela 11.25.2009

    Both of the recipes that come to mind were my grandmothers’: Boston brown bread (baked in tin cans), and pineapple-stuffed cookies with nutmeg. Yum!

  12. RunToTheFinish 11.25.2009

    that looks heavenly!!! Perfect for rainy weather

  13. Kerstin 11.26.2009

    Cute blog! I’ve been looking for an Italian Wedding Soup recipe, so I immediately clicked on yours when I saw it on foodgawker – it looks amazing!

    I went to college in Iowa and my parents live in Des Moines now. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the corn fields :)

  14. Tanya 11.26.2009

    I love Italian Wedding soup! Gotta try your recipe in these chilly months.

  15. DocChuck 11.27.2009

    One of our favorite soups, and you did a fine job of presenting it.

    If you were not already married, and if you are as cute as your photo indicates, I would guess that the soup would accept your proposal of marriage — LOL.

  16. Jackelin Slack 11.27.2009

    Saw this on foodgawker and tried it tonight, using my own home-made meatballs – YUM!!! Delicious! I too could marry this soup. Thanks for posting!

  17. MrsDocChuck 11.30.2009

    As a native Iowan (Postville), I can certainly appreciate a hearty soup.

    I wish I could marry it, but that would be very complicated.

  18. Jenny 12.17.2009

    Hi Kristin,
    I’m here in Des Moines too and I want to make this soup so badly but can’t find the mini meatballs! Where did you find them? I see the pkg is from HyVee but the one on 22nd St in WDM didn’t have them and the guy looked at me funny for asking.
    Thanks! Love you recipes!

  19. Jenny 12.17.2009

    make that “your recipes” not you recipes!

  20. Amy 02.02.2010

    I have been looking for this exact recipe for an hour. Thank you for posting this. It is my husbands favorite. I can’t wait to make it for him.

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  22. Ellis Willis 04.21.2010

    This is actually a good point you have outlined. It will be interesting to give it a go by myself and observe if I obtain your very same verdict.

  23. Anna 04.21.2010

    I made this last night and it was awesome. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers. I love the tiny pasta (mine’s Archer Farms) and am trying to think of other recipes that could use it. The only thing I changed was to use the big bag of spinach (9 oz I think) and I made my own meatballs. I baked them first without thinking how they could cook in the soup. Thanks!

  24. Sarah 08.04.2010

    This was fantastic! My grandmothers version has always been my favorite soup so I was nervous to try this, but it was great! I had some leftover homemade turkey burgers that I cut into cubes to use at the meatballs and they worked really well! Thanks!

  25. Harrison Mercante 11.23.2010

    Man, my grandmomma was from Sicily and she made the most delicious meatballs I ever tasted, like you had died and gone to meatball heaven. Sadly, she died last year and she didnt leave a recipe for me so I’ve been trying to work it out on my own… slowly working my through the meatball recipe here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!

  26. Anna 12.03.2010

    I’ve probably made this five times since you posted this recipe, and we’re having it again tonight! I’m going to use vegetarian sausage crumbles, though, so we can all eat it.

  27. DB 07.24.2011

    Just finishing up the last touches on this soup, and can’t wait to eat it (even though it’s only 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning!

  28. sweetheart71 01.05.2012

    my question is how much does that recipe make i am looking to serve 80 people?? can someone help me figure out how much stuff i will need???

  29. donsgirl 07.20.2012

    what are the calories per serving and how much is a serving

  30. Kristy Swann (@klswann) 09.17.2012

    I’m really antsy to make this recipe! I had Italian Wedding Soup for lunch and am now feeling the need to make a big batch! Does this soup freeze well? Have you ever tried it?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.18.2012

      I have never tried freezing it (never had any leftovers!) but the soup can easily be halved if you are worried about having too much!

  31. Seth Maxwell 10.01.2012

    Thank you for this simple recipe! this tastes just like the soup at a local deli i go to. It was so good and very easy to cook.

  32. Amanda G. 10.03.2012

    I made this on Sunday night with my husband, using mini meatballs we made on Saturday (we made big meatballs for dinner on Saturday and stashed some mini’s in the fridge for this soup!). I followed the recipe exactly, and it really is delicious. I am eating the leftovers right now at work – the pasta soaks up A LOT of the liquid overnight, so it won’t be perfectly al dente anymore, but still tastes amazing. I had to add a splash of water and a big splash of chicken stock before re-heating since there was no liquid left in the “soup”! So, so good :)

  33. Jess 11.12.2012

    I worked at a small bagel store in high school, and this was one of the soups we had in regular rotation. I loved it and haven’t been able to find anything that compares since they closed. But this was perfect! Even my preschooler and toddler loved it. Your Hy-Vee must be bigger than the Altoona store – I couldn’t find the acini de pepe or mini meatballs. I substituted small shell pasta and Italian turkey meatballs. Again, so awesome. Thanks!

  34. Mary 01.02.2013

    This is very good. I didn’t have little meatballs, so I just browned some ground Italian sausage and added some red pepper flakes to the meat. I did have one problem though, the next day, the noodles had absorbed most of the broth so I needed to add more. Other than that, it was amazing!

  35. Evelyne 02.14.2013

    I’m having an event at my church and i’m preparing a kind of banquet. I definitely want to make this soup. It looks very similar to the Italian wedding soup ive tasted before and it’s my favorite! I need to serve about 100 guest and i was wondering if I could make it a few days ahead and freeze it. will it keep it’s rich flavor or will it get mushy and gross?

    Thanks :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.14.2013

      Hey Evelyne! I think you could definitely freeze the soup, but do so before adding the pasta. When you’re ready to serve then you could cook the pasta and add to the thawed soup!

  36. Liz Pratt 10.18.2013

    Please help me If I make your soup, can you tell me how many qts or gals. I would need to fee 60 people? My brain just won’t work. Thank you,

  37. Billg 10.28.2013

    Thanks for saying that you would marry this soup. Once I read that, I knew you were serious about your IWS. My grandmother was 1st generation american. Her mother taught her how to cook from the ‘old country’. I’m looking forward to preparing your recipe and having it for lunch.

  38. Hi! Your Italian wedding soup has been nominated as one of the “Best Italian Wedding Soup Recipes on the Net”. To vote for it, please visit http://easyitalianrecipes.org/soup-recipes/best-italian-wedding-soup-recipes-on-the-net-vote-for-your-favorite/ (your recipe is positioned at #108).

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  40. Nicole 10.29.2014

    I have made this soup a few times now and we all (my husband and I, and our 4 kids) love it! Even my Italian relatives would give this the thumbs up!

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