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Italian Wedding Soup

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 35 min
  • serves: 10 people

Homemade mini meatballs, orzo pasta and escarole simmer in a deliciously seasoned broth to make this quick cooking Italian wedding soup that's ready in 35 minutes.

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $15.45

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg  or 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 12 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth or Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth or Natural Goodness® Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) orzo pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups thinly sliced escarole

Instructions

  • Tips

    • Recipe Twist: Grating the Parmesan cheese fresh just before use will maximize the flavor in this recipe.  Leave the cheese and grater on the table so your guests can add more if they wish.
  • Step 1

    Thoroughly mix the beef, egg, bread crumbs, cheese and onion in a large bowl. Season the beef mixture as desired.  Shape firmly into 1/2-inch meatballs.

  • Step 2

    Heat the broth, onion powder, garlic powder and celery salt in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat to a boil. Add the meatballs. Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.

  • Step 3

    Stir in the orzo and escarole and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.   Season to taste.  Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese.

Reviews

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  • This soup tastes awesome!

    jacksmom
    March 1, 2014

    I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef and it was great. Also used fresh spinach instead of escarole. My kids even loved this recipe. I'll be making this again.

  • Great Crowd Pleaser

    Don50
    April 25, 2013

    Whenever I invite my friends over for dinner they always ask if I am making my famous "Italian Wedding Soup". I take the credit but, it is this recipe that is the real star. Easy to make and great flavor.

  • What is escarole

    ChefaRue
    January 13, 2013

    i love this soup but never knew how to make it until now. But I don't, have nor do I know what is escarole.

  • Italian Wedding Soup

    haasd
    January 23, 2012

    The descrription says "...soup that uses beans..." but beans are not listed in the ingredients. Any suggestions?

  • Italian Wedding Soup

    jw752
    September 8, 2007

    This was very easy to put together and was very tasty.

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    Made With

    Calories 201
    Total Fat 9 g
    Sat. Fat 3.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 60 mg
    Sodium 1252 mg
    Total Carb 11 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugar 1 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 16 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 6 %DV
    Iron 11 %DV
    Potassium 6 %DV
    Calories 202
    Total Fat 9 g
    Sat. Fat 3.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 60 mg
    Sodium 880 mg
    Total Carb 11 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 16 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 6 %DV
    Iron 10 %DV
    Potassium 0 %DV
    Calories 208
    Total Fat 9 g
    Sat. Fat 3.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 60 mg
    Sodium 904 mg
    Total Carb 11 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 17 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 6 %DV
    Iron 10 %DV
    Potassium 0 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.