Best Italian Wedding Soup

This Best Italian Wedding Soup is one of those Italian soup recipes you’ll want to have in your back pocket.  It’s an amazing soup that’s made with ground turkey meatballs and vegetables simmered in an amazing richly flavored broth.

Best Italian Wedding Soup is made with ground turkey meatballs and vegetables all simmered in a delicious richly flavored broth

Italian Wedding Soup is a timeless classic soup, and it’s one of my favorite Italian soup recipes to make during cold winter months.  It’s richly flavored and easy enough to make any night of the week.  Your whole family will love it!

Best Italian Wedding Soup is made with ground turkey meatballs and vegetables all simmered in a delicious richly flavored broth

WHAT IS ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

Italian Wedding Soup is also known as Minestra maritata (“married soup”), which really only means that green vegetables and meat go well together, not that this Italian style wedding soup is served at weddings.   

WEDDING SOUP RECIPE

For the ground turkey meatballs

  • Ground turkey
  • Italian sweet turkey sausage
  • Bread crumbs
  • Minced garlic
  • Flatleaf parsley
  • Parmesan (plus more for serving)
  • Whole milk
  • Egg 

For the soup broth

  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion,
  • Carrots 
  • Celery
  • Chicken stock
  • Water
  • White wine (or sherry) (optional)
  • Fresh dill
  • Spinach (either fresh or frozen spinach)

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

How to make turkey meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the ground turkey, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, milk, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix gently with a fork.
  3. Make small teaspoon sized meatballs and place onto the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.

How to make chicken broth soup

  1. While the meatballs are baking – heat the olive oil over low heat in a large pot. Add the onion, carrots and celery.
  2. Saute until softened – approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the wine and let simmer until it reduces by almost half.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the meatballs 
  6. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes.
  7. Add the fresh dill and the spinach and cook just until the spinach barely wilts.
  8. Ladle the soup into bowls and add parmesan cheese

Best Italian Wedding Soup is made with ground turkey meatballs and vegetables all simmered in a delicious richly flavored broth

This wedding soup recipe is another family favorite that I make all the time.  It was one of my dad’s favorites.  I remember way back in the day, when I was contemplating making this soup for the first time…I was very apprehensive about making it because it looked like it was a process, but this is one of those pretty straight forward Italian soup recipes comes together in jus tabout 40 minutes.

Best Italian Wedding Soup is made with ground turkey meatballs and vegetables all simmered in a delicious richly flavored broth

ITALIAN SOUP RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE

This awesome Italian Chopped Salad goes great with any one of these Italian soups.

Best Italian Wedding Soup is made with ground turkey meatballs and vegetables all simmered in a delicious richly flavored broth
Yield: 6 servings

Best Italian Wedding Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

According to my family, this is the Best Italian Wedding Soup out there!  This is a gluten-free version, made with gluten-free bread crumbs and without the noodles.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound Italian sweet turkey sausage
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (more for serving)
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow or sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup white wine (or sherry) (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the ground turkey, sausage, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, milk, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix gently with a fork.
  3. Make small teaspoon sized meatballs and place onto the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. While the meatballs are baking – heat the olive oil over low heat in a large pot. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Saute until softened – approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Add the wine and let simmer until it reduces by almost half. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs and the pasta.
  7. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes.
  8. Add the fresh dill and the spinach and cook just until the spinach barely wilts.
  9. Ladle the soup into bowls and add parmesan cheese

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