A spoonful of delightful Italian wedding soup

Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo

Hearty and satisfying meatball and vegetable soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine Soup
Keyword Italian wedding soup, soup with meatballs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 270 kcal
Author Elaine Benoit


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 onion medium, chopped in chunks
  • 2 carrots chopped in chunks
  • 1 pound ground chicken or beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orzo heaping
  • 2 cups baby spinach or more


  1. Heat a medium stock pot on medium heat
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat
  3. Add onion and carrots, sauté for 10 minutes
  4. Meanwhile put ground chicken in a mixing bowl and add the egg, garlic powder, onion powder, tarragon, basil, salt, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
  5. Mix together and start rolling the meat in medium size or smaller meatballs
  6. With a wooden spatula push the veggies to the edges of the stock pot and add 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. Place the meatballs in the pan and let them brown a little. Be careful stirring the meatballs around as you don't want to break them up
  8. Brown the meatballs up to 10 minutes
  9. Add chicken broth and bring it to a simmer
  10. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  11. Add orzo and cook for 8 minutes
  12. Add the spinach and stir it around for 2 minutes
  13. Ladle soup in bowls
  14. Serve
  15. Spoon some in your mouth
  16. Smile
  17. Enjoy
Nutrition Facts
Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 823mg36%
Potassium 734mg21%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 4400IU88%
Vitamin C 16.1mg20%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.