my son and I just recently discovered the joy of making Italian Wedding Soup. I have never had it before or even thought about making it. A recipe and ingredients had arrived in a Blue Apron package so we gave it a go and loved it! I made a few tweeks to make it my own and even served it hot from the slow cooker on Easter. It was easy to modify for the slow cooker, but here is my version with a little help from son!
A wonderful way to spend time with your children is in the kitchen. The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. My boys open up to me while we spend time preparing meals. I discovered that my son has a skill for rolling meatballs perfectly. He made over 70 of these for our Easter dinner. I cheat and use a Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop that’s made for cookie dough. It allows you to easily make all your meatballs the same size which is essential if you expect all your meatballs to cook at the same time. Larger meatballs take longer, etc. One more thing about the meatballs, I use an egg in this recipe, but they can easily be made without the egg and still not fall apart. Enjoy!
- 16 Ounces of Ground Chicken
- 1 egg
- ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
- ½ Cup Breadcrumbs
- 2 Cups Chopped Fresh Spinach ( You can use Escarole or another green)
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Large Onion, chopped
- 2 Stalks of Celery, chopped
- 2 Carrots, chopped
- 6 Cups of Chicken Broth
- ½ Cup Acini di Pepe (Or other small pasta)
- 1 Bunch of Fresh Parsley, stems removed
- Prepare all your chopped ingredients.
- Next in a medium bowl, combine ground chicken, ½ the onion, ¼ cup of Parmesan Cheese, 1 beaten egg, ½ the parsley(Chopped), and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper.
- Combine and roll about 40+ meatballs that are 1 inch in diameter.
- In a large pot, heat 4 teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat.
- Add, carrots, celery, and remaining onion and garlic.
- Season with salt and pepper and saute about 3-4 minutes until the fragrance releases and the veggies have softened.
- Next add the chicken broth and heat to boiling.
- Once the soup boils carefully add your meatballs and Acini di Pepe. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer while stirring occasionally. About 5-6 minutes.
- Take a meatball out a test it to see if it's done!
- Finally stir in the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2-3 more minutes.
- Top each bowl with remaining cheese and parsley!
You certainly can use store bought broth, but homemade is best! It’s so easy to make your own. Here is a post I did on How to Make Chicken Broth.You can also use frozen meatballs as well, but these are far more yummy and moist! I hope you enjoy!
What do you enjoy making with your kids?
Ashley @irishred02 says
I never thought to make chicken meatballs. My kids love to make anything with me especially if it means sampling the good stuff first!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
My husband loves this kind of soup. I so need to make this for him.
I love getting whole family into the kitchen to cook. It’s great way to bond before and during the meal. Plus you’re equipping them with a life skill.
maria @closetohome says
my grandmother used to make something similar for Thanksgiving each year. Not that we needed a big soup bf all the other stuff
I’ve never had Italian Wedding Soup. It looks delicious, filling, and healthy.
This sounds so good. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to help with cooking!
This looks so good. Perfect for a cool summer night.
Liz Mays says
Oh I don’t think I’ve tried to make a soup like this. It sounds really good!
Lois Alter Mark says
I love the whole idea of this soup! And so great to cook with your kids and share the experience of making great food!
This looks interesting! I have never tried chicken meatballs, but they sound super good!
Looks sooo fresh! I too can’t wait for the kids to really be more helpful than a mess maker in the kitchen!
Carol Bryant says
I seriously love this soup and it is one of my faves/
I LOVE Italian wedding soup! I’ve never made it but now I’m going to try!
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas says
I just convinced my hubs and the kids to start eating turkey meatballs, so I may swap that one ingredient out and try this. I bet it would go over well!
Debbie Denny says
That is a neat little twist. I have not heard of this.
THis looks delicious and how wonderful your son has gotten involved in the cooking!
Melissa Vera says
I have always wanted to make this soup but felt it was to complicated. Thanks for sharing this recipe I can’t wait to try it now.
James Robert says
Never had anything like this before but with all the ingredients put in it, sounds great
Laura Funk says
OH! This looks super easy! I think I might give it a try on Sunday.
I love italian wedding soup. I have never made it at home before though
I’ll take a bowl of that now please! YUM!
This was my mother’s favorite soup! Thank you for sharing the recipe – I should make this with my daughter.
I love Italian Wedding Soup, and this recipes looks so good!
amy tolley says
this recipe sounds amazing ty for sharing
shelly peterson says
I have never had Italian Wedding Soup before but it sure looks good.
Looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe
This recipe looks delicious! I know my family would enjoy it.
Scott MacMillan says
It looks stunning and oh so eatable.The aroma must be wonderful.I hadn’t ever thought of making chicken balls for soup but it must be a joy to bite into one.
cyndi br says
quick and easy recipe to enjoy