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Italian Wedding Soup (Zuppa di Matrimonio)

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Serves 12 servings | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 30 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Despite it's name, Wedding Soup is not usually served at weddings, but rather, it is named this because it is a wonderful "wedding" of ingredients.

This soup started out with a very basic stock base, but over the years we have made it more and more like our typical chicken soups, with lots of vegetables included. You can also include a piece of parmesan rind to kick up the flavor. We often do this with most of our homemade soups.

We usually make this about once a month and there are always plenty of leftovers for lunches and dinners on night when we are too busy to consider cooking a complete meal.

Originally posted as part of Recipes in Rotation on My Word with Douglas E. Welch (

Ingredients You'll Need

For the meatballs:

1 lb ground turkey
1 egg
2 Tbls bread crumbs
1 Tbls grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp onion powder

For the soup base:

2 Tbls olive oil
6 cup chicken stock
1 medium onion
1 carrot
1 celery
3 inch section of broccoli stalk (optional)
2 cups chopped kale
2 inch piece of real Parmesan rind (if available) *
1 cup orzo pasta


Chop onion, carrot, celery and broccoli stalk in food processor

Heat oil in large pot, add vegetables above and cook over high heat until soft

Add chicken stock and parmesan rind and heat to a low boil.

Lower heat

Mix all meatball ingredients and form into small, spoon-sized meatballs

Drop meatballs into boiling stock in small groups. Stir between each addition to prevent sticking

Once all meatballs are added, add orzo and simmer until orzo is cooked al dente

Add chopped kale, stir and cook until just wilted

* If you buy real Parmaggiano-Reggiano cheese, it will have a thick rind which is normally inedible. Adding this to a soup or stock, though, adds a tremendous amount of flavor to the soup. You can discard the rind once the soup has completed cooking.

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