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Italian Wedding Soup


The name Italian wedding soup is a bit misleading. The wedding actually refers to the marriage between the flavor of meat and dark greens. They are a perfect match! This soup is simple to make, as long as you have a nice flavored broth. I used half homemade stock and half store bought. The fact that the meatballs and greens cook in the broth adds nice depth of flavor in a short time. I made this soup on Friday for lunch at the annual tortellini making session. If you want to know more about the tortellinis, you can check out this post from last year, and the post with the final soup.

The night before I made some tiny meatballs with my sister. Made them the same way I make normal meatballs, but added a little bit of grated onion.

It takes longer to make all these tiny meatballs, so make sure you have help.

The next day, the tortellini making commenced.

About a half hour before lunch break, I got the soup stuff out.

The escarole, orzo, and meatballs all go into the boiling stock at the same time.

2 beaten eggs and parm cheese.

Stir the soup as you pour in the egg mix slowly.

Everyone loved this soup and it was perfect for that chilly rainy day.

With the help of the soup, we busted out over 600 perfect tortellinis!

I used a direct Giada recipe for this one, just adding a 1/2 cup of orzo at the same time as the meatballs. My 80+ year old italian grandparents and great aunt all told me that the soup tasted just like ones their parents used to make. Great recipe Giada!


The soup was delicious as always, thanks for all your help. Nice pic Al


Since you've been throwing the soup/sandwich world on its head recently, can you make an Italian wedding soup sandwich?

Tortellinis look good.

So did you ever find out where the grape tortellini went last year?!
Did you do it again this year or did you go down the hidden jalepeno route? Nobody could eat that without noticing it for sure!

I think if it's food people will just casually say something like, "Wow that one was hot" (if you used a jalapeno), or "that didn't taste right" - but still would eat it and therefore you couldn't "prove" that person to be the winner.
It needs to be a figurine, or a metal toy, or something ridiculous - like a miniature gift box, or a baby in a manger, that way, after breaking their teeth, they can pull it out and say, "I have the prize! Now pay for my dental bill and give me whatever it is you're giving away as a reward for this crap!"

That soup looks delicious. I'm going to have to try this one out. My wife loves making soup, especially during the winter months.

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