Italian Wedding Soup


Italian Wedding Soup is incredibly satisfying and filling, yet light. One of my all-time favorite soup recipes.

Italian Wedding Soup |

Howdy everyone, hope you had a nice weekend!

Ben and I kicked ours off with breakfast at HyVee on Saturday morning. I’m thinking this needs to become a weekly tradition, uh, ASAP. My parents used to occasionally take my brothers and me to HyVee for brunch after church on Sunday mornings when I was growing up, and it was the best thing ever. Call me crazy, but I still get giddy going out to breakfast/brunch to this day!


Especially because HyVee’s hash browns are so perfect. Hot and crunchy on the outside, creamy and smooth on the inside. Mm, mmm, mmmmm.


We spent the rest of the day running here, there, and everywhere. Ben headed up to Ames to watch the Iowa State basketball game with some buddies while I ran errands with my Mom then watched the entire first season of Girls while organizing taxes. Raunch as all get out, but absolutely brilliant writing. I’m so glad I was finally able to see what all the fuss is about, but now I wish the show was in its 4th or 5th season so I had more to watch!


Today I kicked the day off with a trip to the gym, followed by a nice juicing sesh. This combo was bliss – not too veggie-heavy, but not too fruity either (trust me, I’d load all kinds of fruit in my fresh juices, but that amount of sugar concentrated into juice form just isn’t great for your body):

  • 3 hunks organic spinach
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 organic Granny Smith apple
  • 1/4 peeled lemon
  • 2 organic carrots

I just love the way fresh juice really sets the tone for a healthful day. Here’s the juicer I’ve had it for years and years!


One shower later and Ben and I headed over to my parent’s house for Sunday lunch. Looks whose hair is long enough for a pony!! Ahh!!


Finn has become a bonafide little boy, tearing around the house playing here there and everywhere…


He did manage to stick some Minnie Mouse ears on his sister before tearing off into the distance though. CAN YOU EVEN?!


Evie’s non-walking days are numbered, but for now she’ll sit stand there and let me capture her pretty in pink. ;)


My Mom totally outdid herself with lunch today.


The star was Pistachio-Crusted Quick Greek Chicken with roasted tomatoes drizzled on top.


The chicken was butterflied then stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, and spices, then crusted in chopped pistachios and baked.


AMAZE! We all loved it.


On the side was a nice salad, and sweet potato fries. Yum, yum.


Now, snomageddan is apparently coming to the Midwest later this week, but for today the sun was shining and the temperatures were mild. Ben and I took a quick zip around the neighborhood this afternoon before I simmered up some Italian Wedding Soup to have in the fridge for when the flurries start flyin’!

I actually posted this recipe for Italian Wedding Soup on the blog about three years ago, but I thought it deserved to be bumped to the top. This recipe is my Mom’s and is one of my very favorite soups ever, ever, ever. It’s so easy to make and tastes absolutely incredible. Plus, while it’s definitely not winning any beauty awards, it’s pretty healthy!

Italian Wedding Soup |

Start by sauteing 1/4 small onion and 2 garlic cloves in 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil until translucent. Next add 1-10oz package frozen –> thawed –> squeezed dry chopped spinach.


Pour in 8 cups (64oz) chicken broth then bring to a boil.


Next add 1/2lb pre-cooked mini meatballs. My grocery store carries these by the ground beef, but you might look for them in the frozen foods section too. If you can’t find mini meatballs, I’d chop regular meatballs into quarters OR make your own. Psst – I also use these mini meatballs in my Spaghetti & Meatball Soup!


Also add 1/2 cup ancini di pepe. This is a small, bead-like pasta. You could really use any small pasta if you can’t find this exact kind for some reason!


Boil until the pasta is cooked then, in a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs + 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese. Slowly drizzle the mixture into the hot soup then cook for one more minute.


Top bowls with a bit more grated parmesan cheese, then serve!

Italian Wedding Soup |

Italian Wedding Soup

Serves 6


Italian Wedding Soup is incredibly satisfying and filling, yet light. One of my all-time favorite soup recipes.


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 10oz frozen spinach, thawed & squeezed dry of excess moisture
  • 64oz chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup ancini di pepe (or other small pasta)
  • 1/2lb fully-cooked mini meatballs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, season with salt and pepper, then saute for 3-4 minutes or until translucent  Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds.
  2. Add frozen spinach then stir to break up. Add chicken broth then bring to a boil. Once boiling add pasta and meatballs then cook until pasta is al dente, about 8-9 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and parmesan cheese. Drizzle into soup while stirring constantly then cook for 1 more minute before serving.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


Kind of like a mix between egg drop soup, minestrone, and chicken soup – this Italian Wedding Soup will knock your socks off by how easy it is to make, yet how sublime it tastes. YUM!

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Well guys, time to kick back and relax for the evening. Have a great rest of your day – and awesome start to your week. See ya’!

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  1. Hsve you ever tried the smothered hashbrowns at Hy-Vee? Essentially they are “smothered” with delicious melted cheese. They are definitely super unhealthy, but VERY tasty!

  2. debtgirl 02.17.2013

    What a lovely post! Your mom certainly did out do herself, please share that recipe. I am so tired of my tired grilled chicken.
    Those kids are adorable!

  3. Rose Ann 02.17.2013

    This looks great, I make mine with escarole and unfortunately my grocery store doesn’t sell pre made mini meatballs! So I will have to stick to making my own but I will have to try your recipe…I’ve said it before but thank you again for all the amazing recipes!!!!

  4. Your niece is the cutest little girl, ever! OMG, the pink polka dots are killin’ me :) Anyways, I hope the soup keeps you warm if you do get a snow storm! I love the mini meatballs and that this is super healthy. YUM!

  5. Amanda 02.17.2013

    Yum! I had forgotten how much I enjoy this soup. I’ll be making a vegetarian version soon. :)

  6. Kirbie 02.17.2013

    I love my Jack juicer! I think I might try kale in this soup too! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kate Bentley 02.17.2013

    Wow could you post your moms recipe too, it looked amazing!

  8. Your mom’s chicken looks great. Makes me wish I ate chicken! Girls is very quirky. I find myself loving one episode and then feeling clueless in the next. It’s a nice change from the norm though.
    I have never heard of HyVee, is I like Denny’s?

  9. Hy-Vee breakfast is my dad’s favorite. I also think that the Hy-Vee cafe in my home town is the place where all of the parents of my high school friend hang out. It looks like your mom is quite the cook! That salad she made looks amazing. Have a great Sunday!

  10. Lauren 02.17.2013

    Thanks for posting info on your juicer! I bought it a few weeks ago and am loving it. Wondering if you have any tips on using it to juice spinach? Seems to only give me a tiny bit of juice. Any suggestions would be great – thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.18.2013

      I usually throw it into the shoot with a couple hunks of carrot or something else that’s firm, like a beet. I find it helps keep the spinach from just flinging out the waste end!

  11. i had no idea that HyVee had a restaurant until earlier this year. that still kills me! and this italian wedding soup looks amazing. it’s my favorite kind, i will have to try this.

  12. I love going out to breakfast too! Now that our boys are older, my husband and I have a tradition of going out every Sunday morning. I look forward to it every week :)

    Love the soup and that chicken, wow. Amazing!

  13. Beth 02.18.2013

    I love Italian Wedding soup! We used sell it at a restaurant I worked at but it was very rarely that we did. I found it in a can at Hyvee or Dahls. Low fat and ughh yucky. I am thrilled to bits that I can now make it on my own. We are going to need it Thursday. Just hope the power doesn’t go out like the last blizzard because my stove is electric.

  14. Jodea @ 02.18.2013

    I love Girls! Amazingly we’ve got season two in the UK already – we’re usually way behind you. Not one for the faint- hearted but great fun.

  15. Sigh…I remember your original Italian Wedding Soup. My, oh my…how far we’ve come :)

  16. lindsay 02.18.2013


  17. Susan 02.18.2013

    On a quest to find the mini-meatballs for my soup obsession this winter. Our local HyVee doesn’t carry them, so I may have to stock up the next time we’re in the DM area.

  18. karen 02.18.2013

    I don’t have pay movie channels so I haven’t seen “Girls”. Is it worth paying Netflix or On Demand to get it? I am curious about that and “Downton Abbey”. Are you a follower of that show? I can see myself liking “Girls” but I don’t know about “Downton Abbey”.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.18.2013

      I wouldn’t pay JUST to get the show, especially since there’s only 1-1/2 seasons out. I’d maybe wait until they have more episodes to pay!

  19. Susie 02.18.2013

    I made the Greek pistachio-crusted chicken for dinner tonight, and my husband’s comment was, “This is almost as good as something you’d order in a restaurant.” Victory! Thanks for the link!

  20. Em 02.19.2013

    Just made this – it was DELICIOUS ! You are right – it doesn’t look great…but soooo tasty – thanks for another great recipe :)

  21. Kim 02.19.2013

    What store do you get the mini meatballs? We just moved to Iowa and I don’t know the stores yet. I am pretty sure I shop at the hyvee you ate at though.

  22. Mary 02.19.2013

    I made the italian wedding soup tonight. We really liked it. I had to make my own meatballs and I put a little garlic in them. Just put them in and cooked in the soup. Will definitely make again!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Tracy 02.21.2013

    OMG. Hy-Vee breakfast is the BEST. And it’s only like $5.00. Yet another reason to be sad that the Twin Cities don’t have Hy-Vees. :(

  24. Michelle 02.22.2013

    I make Italian wedding soup all the time but I use escarole and I make my own meatballs. I have never thought of using spinach. I may try that next time. Looks delicious! I make alot or rolls, sausage and broccoli. Do you have any recipes for that? I would love to try different varieties.

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    My socks were indeed knocked off by the sublime-ity of this soup. Just as easy and delicious as you said it was!

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