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Traditional Italian Wedding Soup

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.

Makes

9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

You don’t have to be Italian to love this easy-to-make soup with tiny round pasta! Add homemade meatballs but use ready-made stock and rotisserie chicken.—Mary Sheetz, Carmel, Indiana
Traditional Italian Wedding Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon raisins, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
  • 2/3 cup uncooked acini di pepe pasta
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, cut into thin strips
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1/2-in. balls.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in small batches; drain. Add the broth and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and pasta; cook 5-7 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach; cook until wilted. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.

Can you freeze Traditional Italian Wedding Soup?

Before adding cheese, cool soup. Freeze soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 253 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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