Healthy Italian Wedding Soup With Turkey Meatballs

6 servings
28 min

Our Healthy Italian Wedding Soup is the absolute perfect comfort food for a cold day! It's extremely simple, delicious and can be made in 28 minutes or less!

👌 Why we Love our Healthy Italian Wedding Soup

A perfect marriage! Meat and veggies make a great team! In fact, wedding soup's original name in Italian is minestra maritata, which translates to "married soup." The marriage is actually between the soup's two main ingredients: green vegetables and meat.

Turkey meatballs. Compared to ground beef, ground turkey is lower in saturated fat, making it our meat of choice for dish.

Cooks fast! Like all of our recipes, our Healthy Italian Wedding Soup can be made in 28 minutes or less!

Lots of veggies. This soup calls for some of our favorite veggies- carrots, celery, onions, garlic and spinach! These veggies are nutrient-dense and add vibrant pops of color!

Chicken broth! We love chicken broth because it has many health benefits. It's packed with important protein and essential fatty acids. It's also rich in iron. For an even healthier spin on this dish, consider using low sodium chicken broth.

🛒 Ingredients

Notes on Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey- we used ground turkey for our meatballs, but you can choose any type of ground meat you prefer.
  • Red pepper- this it totally optional and based on preference.
  • Chicken broth/stock - Better than Bouillon Organic Roasted Chicken Base is a great option because it has great flavor, lasts a long time, creates less waste, and takes up less room in your fridge.

🥣 How to Make this Dish

Step 1: Cook veggies and broth

🥄Kid Step: Help peel carrots and chop vegetables.* Our kids love these Curious Chef Children's Knives

Step 2: Cook Pasta

🥄Kid Step: Set the timer for the pasta. This is a good chance for kids to learn about cooking times.

Step 3: Form and Sear Meatballs

🥄Kid Step: Form and flip meatballs. We love this small scooper and these tongs.

Step 4: Add Meatballs to Soup

✏️ Expert Tips and Tricks

🥣 Finely chop veggies to reduce cooking time.

🥣 If planning to serve leftovers, cook the pasta separately so that it doesn't soak up the broth.

🥣 To make this dish gluten-free: (1) Eliminate the pasta and replace with brown or white rice, and (2) don't put breadcrumbs in the meatballs.

🥣 To make this soup dairy-free, simply remove the parmesan cheese from the meatball mix and as a serving garnish.


What kind of meat should I use for the meatballs?While we used ground turkey for our meatballs, any kind of ground meat will work nicely in, including ground beef, chicken or sausage.

What is the best pasta for Italian Wedding Soup?Choose a small pasta for this soup, like Acini de Pepe, dittalini or orzo.

How can I reheat leftovers?Just like our beloved Sausage Orzo Soup, you'll find that all the broth gets soaked up overnight. We loved the dish the next day because the pasta, veggies, and meatballs were even more flavorful and juicy after soaking up all the broth. So, the next day you can either add broth and have soup again OR eat the dish as-is, like a pasta.

Keep in mind if you'd like to eat your leftovers in its original soup-like form, cook the pasta separately from the start and simply add the pasta to each bowl you serve. That way, you can prevent your pasta from soaking up the broth overtime.

Can you freeze this Healthy Italian Wedding Soup?Yes, this soup freezes nicely in an air tight container. We also recommend cooking your pasta separate from the soup if you plan to freeze your Italian wedding soup. That way, the noodles won't be mushy from having absorbed your soup's broth.

What goes well with this soup?We love topping our wedding soup with parmesan and serving it with a side of toasted garlic bread. We love Pepperidge Farm's frozen garlic bread.

👶 Tips for Picky Eaters

Swap the veggies. Try exchanging some veggies in the soup for ones your kids prefer. Or increase/decrease veggies in the recipe.

Pick another pasta. Swap the Acini di Pepe for your kids' favorite noodles, i.e. rotini or orzo.. If that gets them more pumped to eat dinner, it's totally worth it.

Serve raw spinach on the side. I literally had to fish the "yucky green stuff" (aka spinach) out of my daughter's soup bowl because it freaked her out. If your kids don't like cooked spinach, serve some raw spinach on the side.

Add some carbs! You can have some bread, toast, or crackers with the soup. My kids liked to add goldfish crackers to their soup and dip toast into the broth.

🧶 Craft for this Recipe

Want to get into the winter spirit? Grab some glue, paper, and pasta....and make these cute pasta snowflake s with us!

Healthy Italian Wedding Soup With Turkey Meatballs
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 23 Minutes Total time: 28 min
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  • ▢ 1-2 T olive oil
  • ▢ 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • ▢ 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • ▢ 2-3 large carrots (thinly sliced)
  • ▢ 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ▢ 8 cups chicken broth/stock (or 64 oz, plus extra for leftovers)
  • ▢ 1 large bunch spinach (remove stems if necessary)
  • ▢ 1 cup Acini di Pepe pasta
  • ▢ parmesan cheese (shredded or shaved, for serving)
  • ▢ red pepper flakes (for serving)
  • ▢ 1 lb ground turkey
  • ▢ 1 eggegg (beaten)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • ▢ 1/2 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • ▢ 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
  • ▢ 4 t dried parsley (or 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped)
  • ▢ 1 t salt
  • ▢ 1/2 tt black pepper
  • ▢ 1-2 T olive oil

Heat olive oil on medium in large stock pot. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add chicken broth and spinach and bring soup mixture to a boil.
Once boiling, add uncooked pasta to soup mixture and cook for 10 minutes. NOTE: set aside some uncooked pasta for the Acini Di Pepe Snowflakes Craft.
Meanwhile, use your hands to combine all meatball ingredients (except the olive oil) in a large bowl. Create small meatballs from the mixture, using your hands or this small scooper (that we highly recommend). Place meatballs on a large heated skillet coated with the olive oil. Sear meatballs on medium heat for 2 minutes on each side. (You will likely need to do this in 2 batches).
Add seared meatballs to boiling soup mixture and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in the center.
  • Serve soup topped with shredded parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes as desired. You can serve with toast or crackers on the side.
  • If you plan to serve leftovers, cook pasta separately from the soup so that the pasta doesn't soak up broth.
  • Finely chop veggies to reduce cooking time.
  • To make this dish gluten-free: (1) Eliminate the pasta and replace with brown or white rice, and (2) don't put breadcrumbs in the meatballs.
  • To make this soup dairy-free, simply remove the parmesan cheese from the meatball mix and as a serving garnish.
Marcie and Julie at Platein28
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