Italian Wedding Soup

by Jennifer Stagnitta

This is a recipe I got from my friend Stephanie.  I double the recipe she gave me so we have leftovers!  I make this once a week.  It is healthy and delicious.  (Ingredients below are already doubled for you)  

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Italian Wedding Soup


  • 2 lbs. of mini meatballs(I buy mine at Uncle Giuseppe’s because it saves me a lot of time)If you are not buying pre-made meatballs use this basic meatball recipe that is delicious!  It works great for turkey meatballs also.
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter
  • 1 cup of onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 16 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 box of acini de pepi (little round pastas)
  • 1 full head of escarole, rinsed and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated pecorino romano cheese


  1. Prepare meatballs and roast ahead of time if not buying pre-made.
  2. In a large pot melt the butter.
  3. Add the carrots, onions and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook until tender(About 5 minutes)
  5. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn down the heat to simmer.
  7. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  9. Drop in the meatballs and cook until heated through.
  10. Add the escarole.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  12. Cook the pasta per directions on box.(I keep the pasta separate and add it to individual bowls of soup.)      
  13. Add a little pasta to a bowl and cover with the soup!  Top with grated Pecorino Romano cheese.



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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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