I fell in love with Italian Wedding soup when I was in University- at the cafeteria in U of C's Engineering building, of all places.
I wasn't an engineering student, but my best friend was. And she let me in on one of the best kept secrets on campus- they had amazing soup and it was cheap! Those words were music to a starving student's ears. I have yet to come across a version that was as good as that one, until I created this Easy Italian Wedding Soup with frozen meatballs @ only 4 WW points on the blue plan, per serving!
I don't know about you, but I don't have time for making little homemade meatballs for soup. That is definitely not happening in this girl's world. Making meatballs is time consuming. And if I'm making meatballs, I'm going to make my Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs for a special or holiday dinner.
Because making meatballs for a special occasion dinner is one thing, it's an entirely different story for soup! And that's why I use frozen Italian meatballs. I buy a huge bag at Superstore for $10 and it will make a triple batch of this soup. It ends up being around $1.00 per serving for this healthy Italian Wedding soup. So, like the soup at the Engineering building cafeteria, this soup is also awesome and cheap!
For this recipe, you'll also need:
- chicken bouillon
- white onion
- Italian parsley
- minced garlic
- Parmesan cheese
- Acini de Pepe
And although you can make this soup in advance, I still like to make it when I get home from work (when the craving hits) and that's why I created this shortcut version.
Spinach: you can use frozen or fresh spinach
Italian Parsley: you can use regular parsley if you can't get Italian, but I do recommend Italian because it's flavor is stronger than regular parsley, similar to basil or oregano. It also holds up better to cooking and is ideal for hot dishes. It should be added towards the end of the cooking process so that it can best retain its taste, color and nutritional value.
Acini de Pepe: is a very small, round shaped pasta. You can find it at your local Italian store, online and in some grocery stores. However, if you can't find it, orzo, which is a small rice-sized pasta, is a great substitute. Just keep in mind that the cooking time for orzo is a little longer.
Meatballs: you could lighten this up even more by using turkey meatballs
💭Italian Wedding Soup History
You may wonder where the name Italian Wedding soup comes from? The term "wedding soup" actually comes from the Italian language phrase "minestra maritata", which means "married soup," in reference to the flavor produced by the combination or "marriage" of the greens and the meat. Although, it's more accurately translated as “wedded broths.” Despite of the name, this soup is not served at Italian weddings. Instead, the name refers to the dish’s unique flavors, betrothed as they are blended and simmered, achieving a brothy, meaty tasty union. If you want to learn more about the origin of this soup, click HERE or HERE.
🥗 Side dishes
This soup is really meal in and of itself, especially if you serve it with bread. If you want to keep it very WW friendly, try it with my 0 (zero) point Everything Bagel Cloud Bread Recipe.
It also goes well with salad, such as my Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Cilantro Dressing@ 3WW points on the blue plan.
Refrigeration: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days
Freezing: Once cooled, freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer friendly sealed container.
So if you want a quick and easy version of this soup that's also healthy, dig in because this soup is only 4 WW points on the blue plan. And if don't think you have time for it, think again! This soup can be made in 30 minutes and tastes like it took hours.
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📋 Easy Italian Wedding soup with frozen meatballs recipe
- 12 cups water
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- 1.5 pounds bag frozen, pre-cooked Italian meatballs * or ⅓ a 1.8 kg bag
- 10 oz frozen chopped spinach
- 1 cup Acini de Pepe
- parmesan cheese
- Italian parsley
- Bring the water, with chicken bouillon powder, garlic, onion and frozen spinach to a boil in a large pot.
- Add the meatballs (from frozen) and the pasta and continue cooking at a low boil until both the pasta and meatballs are cooked (approx 20-25 minutes). Add Italian parsley and parmesan cheese.
- Serve immediately or freeze for later.
- Sprinkle parmesan cheese as desired, as well as additional Italian parsley.
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