Italian Wedding Soup


Why is this called Italian Wedding Soup?  I have no clue.  But it was something easy to make.  This version was inspired by Ina Garten.  Yesterday, we had a simple lunch with friends at home.   My husband looked like he was having a conniption when I told him I was serving soup, salad and sandwiches.  Yes, I am exagerrating but… it was close.  I don’t make sandwiches because I don’t know how.  (Yeah..yeah.. I know it’s easy but my sandwiches don’t look like sandwiches when I make them. ) So we don’t have sandwiches at home…let alone serve it to guests.  Thus the soup.  I figured if I can’t get the sandwiches right, I could at least try to serve good soup.  (And let’s not talk about the salad..!) Anyway, this soup was a winner.  (Or maybe my husband instructed our guests to just nod and make yum-yum noises while promising pizza on the side!:)).


  • 4 pcs italian chicken sausage, casing removed
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped finely
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 cartons Emeril’s all natural chicken stock (or about 10 cups chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup small pasta (I used crushed whole wheat linguine)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, minced
  • 12 ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed



  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Using a teaspoon, divide italian chicken sausage into 1 inch meatballs and place in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Set aside.
  3. In a casserole or pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.  Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until soft, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil.  Add the pasta then simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add fresh dill and meatballs and cook for another 2 minutes. When ready to serve, add the baby spinach and cook until wilted.  Serve in bowls topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


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» Brie said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 04:10 }

Yum! This is one of my favorite soups and yours looks delicious!

» s. stockwell said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 06:10 }

This is such a delicious classic and one that our Nana made. So nice to see it here updated. Always loveour posts. best from Montecito, s

» The Pink Blog said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 06:10 }

This is yummy! We don’t have italian chicken sausage here, pwede filipino sausage?
But it’ll be filipino wedding soup and no longer be italian wedding soup. he he..

» penny aka jeroxie said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 06:10 }

It has a weird name. I am sure there is a story somewhere. What a lovely outdoor area you have too!

» MaryMoh said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 02:10 }

Italian wedding soup? What a name! But it looks delicious and healthy. I wonder if there’s a Chinese Wedding Soup, what is it like?

» Debi (Table Talk) said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 04:10 }

Italian Wedding Soup is loosley translated–meaning “a marriage of flavors”…very true. This is such a comforting, make you feel good soup!

» Alta said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 06:10 }

I love this soup – I imagine your guests truly liked it, and it was not because your husband told them to pretend! Haha. I’ll have to make this soon.

» Jessie said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 11:10 }

wonderful soup! Perfect for this time of the year, I could use a bowl right now to warm up

» redkathy said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 12:10 }

What a superb soup! This was served at my cousin’s “Italian wedding”, believe it or not. I remember my grandmother making this when I was a kid. Not sure on the “wedding” part of the title but the soup is a traditional type among American- Italian immigrants I met over the years.

» My Man's Belly said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 12:10 }

Italian Wedding Soup is my favorite. I’ve bookmarked this one.

» The Chickenless Chick said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 01:10 }

I know how you feel about the sandwiches. For some reason I have major issues with spreading peanut butter, so my peanut butter sandwiches are frequently ugly and sticky.

The soup looks wonderful. Isn’t wedding soup fantastic when you have guests? It’s the ultimate friendship symbol.

» Bianca said: { Oct 13, 2009 - 04:10 }

Thank you! I’ve only seen the canned soup version & haven’t tried to search for it on the net. Thanks so much! I’ll be making this now!

» Simona said: { Oct 14, 2009 - 06:10 }

Italian Wedding Soup, the meatball-and-greens soup that is one of the standard courses in Italian-American wedding banquets.

In Italy, it has nothing to do with weddings.

Minestra Maritata (literally wedding soup) is a traditional Neapolitan greens and meat soup, which owes its name to the fact that the ingredients go well together — si maritano bene, i.e. they are well married. It’s also a very old dish; some food historians say it derives from the Spanish olla podrida (a liquid stew with many meats, link in Spanish) while others say it derives from Roman traditions.

The real Italian recipes for Minestra Maritata call for a variety of meats, which are boiled, shredded, and returned to the pot with the greens.

Minestra Maritata is no longer that popular in Naples, because of the long list of ingredients called for, and because it is heavy by modern standards.

Here is the recipe by Anna Amalia:
boil in lot of water, the bone of a leg of ham, a salame sausage of about 200gms, 300 gms of pork chops, 3 sausages, some pork rind and 500 gms of pork and beef. Also add 2 onions, 1 yellow carrot, 2 sticks of celery. Leave the lot to cook for a couple of hours, then drain the meat and cut into pieces: In the same meat stock, boil about 2 kg of assorted vegetables, amongst which cicory, “cappuccina” i.e. a type of salad, broccoli and brussel sprouts. When the vegetables are well cooked, add the meat to the stock.

(thanks to Kyle Phillips, Guide to Italian Food since 1996)

» sizzlechef said: { Oct 14, 2009 - 08:10 }

Enjoy ! Cheers !

» Claudia said: { Oct 15, 2009 - 06:10 }

I love this soup! The above explanation is the same one I’ve always heard and isn’t it the best? It’s why your soup is so good – the ingredients are married. Lovely post – I envy your outdoor setting and I would like to try some of your soup right now.

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