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Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

Endings are always bittersweet. This post is my last one as a 2016 Chicken Farmers of Canada Brand Ambassador. On one hand, I can reflect back on the year and the fun I’ve had sharing delicious chicken recipes and other important info about the Chicken Farmers of Canada. I love sharing their great contests and helpful tips to help you in the kitchen with your chicken recipes. Still, I’m a bit sad to see it come to a close. I think my last recipe is fitting – comforting and tasty chicken soup. I need some comfort food to make me feel better!

Italian meatball soup in a ladle.


Chicken Farmers of Canada is an excellent source for great recipes. I visit their site and their Shopping app often for inspiration. This Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs was on their site and jumped out at me when I was searching for soup recipes to try. I’ve tried Italian Wedding Soup before at restaurants, but never made my own at home. That will change now that I’ve made this easy recipe. It was a hit with my family.

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Ingredients

The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Lean ground chicken
  • Chicken broth
  • Acini de pepe
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Egg
  • Garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Baby spinach
Italian wedding soup with chicken meatballs ingredients.

How to Make Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

  • Step One: Cook acini de pepe until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Step Two: Add chicken broth to a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium low.
  • Step Three: Tear bread into tiny pieces by hand and add to a large bowl. Add in ground chicken, egg, garlic, onion powder, pepper and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Mix together with clean hands. Form 1 tbsp of the mixture into balls by hand.
Steps to make Italian wedding soup with chicken meatballs.
  • Step Four: Place meatballs in simmering broth, cover, and bring back to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
  • Step Five: Stir in baby spinach and acini de pepe pasta. Cook until spinach is wilted and pasta is heated, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Steps to make Italian wedding soup with chicken meatballs.
  • Step Six: To serve, ladle into bowls and top with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Italian meatball soup in a pot.

This recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd. It makes a lot of soup! That’s a good thing though. Because leftovers. It saved me from having to cook anything the next day because we had so much left. It was just as tasty heated up.

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    The only thing I changed was omitting the fresh parsley from the meatballs. I forgot to buy it when I was picking up the ingredients. My bad. It still turned out great though. The meatballs were perfect, in my opinion.

    Italian meatball soup in a bowl with a spoon.

    I wanted to quickly point out the type of pasta used in the recipe: Acini de Pepe. The name was completely foreign to me and I had no idea of what I was looking for in the pasta aisle. They are the tiny round circles. My small town grocery store carried it. If yours doesn’t have it, substitute another type of pasta like orzo or Ditali pasta.

    Italian meatball soup in a bowl.

    You might also like Very Veggie Chicken and Rice Soup, Greek Chicken Orzo Soup, Chicken Fajita Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup or Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup. Try this Italian Sub Salad.

    What is your favourite recipe for chicken soup?

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    4.80 from 5 votes

    Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 12
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 45 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes
    A light and delicious soup! Homemade chicken meatballs and acini de pepe pasta with spinach and Parmesan cheese in a comforting chicken broth.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 lb lean ground chicken
    • 16 cups chicken broth
    • 2 cups acini de pepe
    • 2 slices whole wheat bread
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • ¼ tsp pepper
    • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
    • 6 cups baby spinach

    Instructions

    • Cook acini de pepe until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    • Add chicken broth to a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium low.
    • Tear bread into tiny pieces by hand and add to a large bowl. Add in ground chicken, egg, garlic, onion powder, pepper and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Mix together with clean hands. Form 1 tbsp of the mixture into balls by hand.
    • Place meatballs in simmering broth, cover, and bring back to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
    • Stir in baby spinach and acini de pepe pasta. Cook until spinach is wilted and pasta is heated, about 3 to 5 minutes.
    • To serve, ladle into bowls and top with remaining Parmesan cheese.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1317mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Soups
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

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    15 Comments

    1. I love wedding soup but i have never made it. Your recipe sounds easy. Pinning.
      Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you come back next week so I can stop by again.
      Bev

    2. This soup looks so wonderful! The chicken balls make it so comforting. But what is acini de pepe? I have never heard of that before.

      1. It’s a tiny pasta about the size of a peppercorn.

    3. What a great recipe Stacie. When I first looked at it I thought it was like one of the Greek ones we make. We use ground meat and mix rice into it. A very hearty and filling soup indeed.

    4. It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday 🙂

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