Friday, April 13, 2012


No wedding going on around here, I am anxious to eat this soup tonight for dinner. It's a quick and easy soup to put on the dinner table. Keep in mind that this soup only has a few  ingredients, you need tasty pizza sauce and your best tasting meatballs.  If  those are available then you can count on a over the top tasty Italian Wedding Soup.   A comfort food, fast meal for tonights dinner. This soup should be made and eaten within a reasonable time, the noodles will soak up the sauce in no time.  And best of all, it taste great. I used a small pasta instead of the shells. Still just as good. This soup came from the Gooseberry Patch.  The cookbook can be seen here. Enjoy my friends, and happy cooking   Andi  

2 (14 1/2 ounce cans) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup medium shell pasta, uncooked
16 frozen meatballs, cooked*
2 cups spinach leaves, finely shredded
1 cup pizza sauce  ( I purchased Amato's Pizza sauce)  available at our local Hannaford's.  Amato's is a New England Italian Sandwich shoppe * 
fresh grated Parmesan cheese


My feelings are, our food is only as good and tasty as the ingredients we use.  With just a few ingredients in this soup you need good tasting meatballs and pizza sauce.  This recipe is a make and eat meal.  If left for any length of time, the noodles will soak up the liquid.  * I made my own small meatballs, the recipe is below. You can also buy them premade. 

Bring broth and the one cup of water to a boil in a large saucepan, add the frozen meatballs and the pasta.  Return to a boil and boil according to package directions for the shells.  About 7-9 minutes.  Do not drain, add the shredded spinach and the 1 cup of pizza sauce.  Stir and cook for about 1-2 more minutes.   Serves 4   I added my meatballs along with the spnach and the pizza sauce.

I used the following recipe to make my own meatballs for the Italian Wedding soup, I made the 16 meatballs small then baked.  With the leftover mix I made larger meatballs and will freeze for another dinner.  

Homemade Meatballs
1 pound of lean ground beef or pre-mix package of meatloaf mix
8 ounces of hot Italian sausage, or mild sausage
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 TBSP of parsley, minced fine
1 medium onion, chopped fine
4 slices of day old bread, ground into crumbs ( I do this in my small food chopper)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1 large egg
dizzle the meatballs with olive oil before baking

Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix well.  Make into the size meatballs you want.  Bake on parchment lined baking sheets.  I baked at 350 degrees.

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  1. what nice soup Andi look absolutely yummy!!!

  2. I almost bought some Italian wedding soup for lunch. I'm going to try my hand at it at home first!

  3. oh my goodness! This looks so good, and quick and easy!
    Ive saved the recipe to try soon! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This soup sounds very good, I think your homemade meatballs are the secret!

  5. This looks delicious and I've never heard of adding pizza sauce too it. I can't wait to try this shortcut. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  6. I love this soup, but your version is MUCH quicker than mine--and I love that more! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces! Have a blessed week and please come back soon ~EMM

  7. This soup looks very yummy!
    Thanks for visiting me.

  8. Hi,

    I followed you over from Mix it up Monday and this looks delicious! I can't wait to try it out. I am always looking for more soup recipes.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at

    Have a great day,