Lost in translation through many generations of cultural blending the Italian Wedding Soup or “Minestra Maritata” as it is truly called is thought to be a dish served at Italian weddings. In Italian, Minestra Maritata translates to “married soup” and many assumed that this soup is a traditional Italian dish for weddings. The real meaning behind the soup is that it contains a mixture of meat, heavy broth, green vegetables, and pasta which go together so well they seem to marry. Today, many Italians swear by the misconstrued definition and serve Italian Wedding Soup at weddings. Facts and traditions aside, this soup is so good that if you wanted to serve it at a wedding no one would stop you. Here is the recipe.


– 1/2 pound ground beef
– 1/2 pound ground pork or turkey
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup bread crumbs
– 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
– 1/2 clove garlic, minced
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon pepper
– 4 cups chicken broth
– 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped or 1 small box of frozen
– 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
– 8 ounces soup pasta, acini de pepe or orzo pasta are good choices

Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings: 6
Enter desired servings:
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Add all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together using your hands until evenly distributed.
Form meat into small meatballs by rolling in your hands.
Place the meatballs on a lightly greased shallow baking pan. Place in an oven preheated to 350°F and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned.
Note: The meatballs can also be browned on the stovetop if desired.

Cook soup pasta as directed on the package. Do not overcook. The pasta should be firm when added to the soup.
Drain the pasta after cooking.
While the pasta is cooking add the chicken broth to a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
If using fresh spinach, add to the boiling broth and cook for 5 minutes or until spinach is tender. If using frozen spinach, drain well before adding to the broth.
Add the meatballs and pasta. Bring the soup back to a simmer.
Stir in the Parmesan cheese and serve.

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