Meals — December 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Italian Style Wedding Soup

A quick, easy soup that's ready in 1 hour but big on taste.
A quick, easy soup that’s ready in 1 hour but big on taste.

Wedding soup is a great soup to serve on Christmas or New Years Day. Wedding soup is mostly an Italian-American creation. The name actually comes from a mis-translation. The soup was actually called married soup “minestra maritata“. It was called this because all the ingredients married well together. But of course, us Americans botched the translation, and now we serve it at weddings!!! The key to making a great wedding soup is to prepare all the ingredients separately and then “marry” them all together at the end. You want each item to maintain its own distinct flavor.

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 Head of Celery (That’s the whole package)
  • 1 Head Endive Lettuce
  • 1 Bag Baby Carrots 160z
  • 112 Oz Chicken Broth
  • 1 Package Acini Di Pepe or Pastina Noodles
  • 1 Pan of Homemade Meatballs (Click here for our meatball recipe) – You will not need the whole recipe. Please halve the meatball recipe if you don’t want the extra meatballs.
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Finely chop the celery and carrots, but keep separate.
  • Bring two separate pots to a boil. Cook the carrots and celery until soft, approx 10-15 min. Drain and set aside.
  • Now, to prepare the endive lettuce, you will need to remove the leaves from the stems. Simply pull the greens off of the stems. Break the lettuce into bite sized soup 1
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, and boil the lettuce for about 4-5 minutes until dark green. Drain and set aside.
  • Roll the meatballs into bite sized pieces. They should be slightly bigger than a marble, but smaller than a ping-pong ball.
  • Add a little olive oil to a skillet. Brown and cook the meatballs all the way through in the skillet.
  • Now it’s time to marry the soup 2
  • In a large stock pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil, and add the celery, carrots, endive, and meatballs.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Prepare acini di pepe or pastina according to package.
  • Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.
  • Add a couple of spoonfuls of pasta to a bowl, a ladle of soup, and garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese.




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