Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Italian Wedding Soup
Maryse Chevriere


For the meatballs:

  • ½ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 slice of bread, crusts removed and torn into small pieces
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • Black pepper

For the soup:

  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 bunch green chard, coarse chiffonade
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Hear the word "meatballs" and a few other words immediately come to mind. "Spaghetti," of course, "subs" and "sliders" too. But in the winter months, when I'm locked in a I-could-eat-soup-for-almost-every-meal frame of mind, I hear "meatballs" and instantly crave Italian Wedding Soup. Filling and wonderfully flavorful, it's impressively light and delicate for a meatball dish.

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For the meatballs:

Combine the onion, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, and bread in a medium-sized bowl.

Next add in the cheese, meat and black pepper, mixing together with your hands until all of the ingredients are fully integrated. Once ready, form the meatballs by taking a generous teaspoon of the mixture at a time and rolling it between the palms of your hands. Set aside on a dish or baking sheet and repeat until all of the mixture has been used.

For the soup:

Add the chicken stock to a large pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add in the chard and prepared meatballs, allowing them to cook for about six to eight minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Once the meatballs and greens have cooked, drizzle in the egg and cheese mixture, gently stirring the soup in a circular motion. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a little extra sprinkling of cheese.


Calories per serving:

891 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 204g 313%
  • Carbs 254g 85%
  • Saturated 82g 411%
  • Fiber 22g 88%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 80g
  • Polyunsaturated 20g
  • Protein 177g 354%
  • Cholesterol 959mg 320%
  • Sodium 9,749mg 406%
  • Calcium 2,108mg 211%
  • Magnesium 653mg 163%
  • Potassium 4,046mg 116%
  • Iron 30mg 167%
  • Zinc 25mg 164%
  • Phosphorus 2,512mg 359%
  • Vitamin A 1,959µg 218%
  • Vitamin C 167mg 279%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 211%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 180%
  • Niacin (B3) 37mg 186%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 142%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 448µg 112%
  • Vitamin B12 9µg 152%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 12mg 58%
  • Vitamin K 4,111µg 5,138%
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