Italian Wedding Soup

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Meatballs:
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Soup:
  • 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound curly endive, coarsely chopped (1 pound of escarole would be a good substitution)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese, beef and pork. Using 1 1/2 teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.

To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and curly endive and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the curly endive is tender, about 8 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin stands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Finish soup with parmesan cheese if desired.


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Best wedding soup I've ever had.  I have made this a couple times and will be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
well, my original review from years ago seems to have disappeared, so here goes again.  This soup is delicious, but I do modify it a bit (which makes it more delicious!):  do a 1 1/2 batch of meatballs, with 3/4 cup parmesan, 2 lg. slices bread, almost 1 bunch of parsley, 1 Tbsp. of minced garlic (roughly 4-6 cloves), 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 small-med. onion (grated/food processed), 2 eggs and 1/2 lb. each of ground chuck, pork, and veal.  Use food processor for all ingredients except meat (this makes making the meatballs super easy), then mix meat, eggs, and bread/parsley mixture by hand in a large bowl.  I make my meatballs larger than hers b/c it is easier.  Then, for the soup, saute 1 chopped onion in olive oil and add 2-3 chopped carrots once soft.  Season with salt and pepper, and add stock and parmesan rind (for flavor).  Simmer until carrot is tender, maybe 10 minutes?  Then add meatballs for about 8 minutes - remove with slotted spoon at end of time.  Then cook escarole (I use this instead of endive) for barely 5 minutes (watch so that it doesn't overcook), season again with salt/pepper, and stir in the egg/parmesan mixture.  Add meatballs for just a quick dunk as you serve each bowl of soup - it's best to do the escarole part "fresh" as well.  Cook acini de pepe pasta on the side (mix with olive oil and keep in separate pot on stove to stay warm).  Put a pile of pasta in each bowl and top with soup, then LOTS of freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Great the next day too.  The parmesan rind is the key to good flavor with the stock base and the pasta plus the extra veggies really add.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used homemade chicken stock.  Flavors are simple and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
before I commented, I read the reviews and took I consideration "not altering"....I made exactly as written.  It...was...terrible.  I actually had Italian Wedding soup at a restaurant last night, hoping by searching "the best" I would make the same soup at home.  Not even close.  Because the meatballs were more time consuming and what I ended up with, I didn't want to waste it, I did another search, and found that some recipes used beef broth and chicken broth.  Lucky for me, I had a "Better than Bullion" in the fridge and added that, then added catsup, then added "more garlic", more salt, thyme, pepper, celery, carrots, mushrooms....THEN, I had a flavorful soup.  The original was so flavorless.  Sorry.  Will not use or recommend this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Beautiful, simple, delicious.  Only thing I did was add a few red pepper flakes to the meatballs.  Other than that, followed exactly.  Comfort out the WAZOOO!!!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
PHenomenal! I made this for my boyfriend and I a few weeks ago, and since then, I've made it twice (I'm eating it now, as I type). The recipe is simple, yet very elegant. The marriage of the meatballs and greens make this such a wonderful soup. I personally believe that you cannot alter a recipe significantly(by adding several things to it, and then rate it based upon all of the alterations you've made. The purpose of the rating system is to rate the recipe based upon how the original chef made it, not anyone else. That being said, you can clearly do what you like with the recipe, but please don't write false reviews based upon a recipe that was not made by the original creator.. That being said, I left the recipe as is (I used spinach as an alternative, as giada mentions this is an acceptable alternative) and it came out to complete perfection!! I love this recipe, and it's definitely a keeper for me. Thanks, Giada, for such a wonderful and tasty soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! Was a hit in my family! I modified it by adding Ditalini pasta to the soup. My husband's urging! Next time I make it, I will try Kale since endive is hard to get - been using escarole. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I often make Giada's recipes, but this one was a bit lackluster for me. I followed the directions exactly, but found this soup to lack flavor and her usual "wow factor". I will not be making this recipe again :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE wedding soup; however the thought of trying to make it has always intimidated me, until I found Giada’s recipe and video to walk me thru it. I paired it with a mozzarella and basil grill cheese on asiago bread and it was divine! I think next time I will add some acini di pepe; either was it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I often use Giada's recipes and like them. I followed the directions to this soup exactly and found the meatballs to be good, but the soup broth to lack flavor. I ended up altering the broth recipe by adding garlic, thyme, more salt and pepper, as well as thinly sliced carrots, mushrooms and additional greens. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was terrific and easy. I added spinach and a few other greens and small carrots. Worth it and very healthy. You will love this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was wonderful! I too used spinach instead of endive and it was great! Made my own stock which includes garlic and paprika (Old Hungarian family recipe). Was a hit with my husband and the kids :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this last night. Turned out beautifully!! I doubled the recipe. Used spinach instead of endive (no endive or escarole at store). For the doubled recipe, 25.5 cups broth (extra broth as recommended in reviews). Added 3 lg grated carrots, a cup of fresh sliced button mushrooms, about 1T dried basil and 1T fennel seed (wonderful flavor for meat soups), 2T salt, a box of orzo pasta (good, but may try another next time), AND threw the leftover parmesan cheese rind into the broth. Substituted 1 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs for Giada's white bread. Did the egg/parm drizzle at the end, and it was FABULOUS!! Have leftovers and plenty to freeze!! ..Family loved it.. Definitely a keeper!! Would like to try Ina Garten's recipe for chicken stock. Soup would probably explode with flavor!! Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/italian-wedding-soup-recipe.html#sni-reviews?oc=linkback? What do you think? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this yesterday with a few changes. I didn't use a pound of endive but instead about 3-4 cups coarsely chopped (in my opinion, a pound would have been way too much). For the meat, I used the stuff you can buy in the supermarket, the "meatloaf" mix (beef, pork, veal)...the meatballs were delicious! I also used seasoned bread crumbs in the meatballs and did not add salt. Regarding the egg mixture, I only used about 1/2 of the mixture because that seemed to be plenty. I also added Acini de Pepe to my soup. My family LOVED this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is fantastic! It is really easy and fast to make too. My daughter loves pasta in her wedding soup, so I added it. Otherwise, I made it as stated. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added celery and carrot for some crunch item not reviewed by moderator and published
considering TRADITITONAL italian wedding soup is simply Stock and Stirred eggs, this is an americanized "traditional" wedding soup item not reviewed by moderator and published
Such a tasty version of a traditional soup! I love the egg addition to the soup! I will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Phoenominal recipe... thank you, Giada. The only change I made was using Italian bread crumbs in lieu of the bread (one day will make it with the bread). Otherwise, the recipe rocks and as a couple of my guests put it, "it's hyperactively great". Not sure exactly what that means, but they ate four bowls of the soup. :) As a side note, these meatballs are awesome with your favourite spaghetti sauce! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took this to a soup potluck dinner, even the skeptics loved it! The only thing I changed was adding a bit of salad pasta for staying power. I was hoping to come home with a little bit of leftovers, a LITTLE bit is all I got! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We substituted 90% lean ground turkey for the beef and pork and it was still DELICIOUS! We will definitely be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! I made a few modifications: I used Progresso's Italian Style Bread Crumbs in the meatball made from ground turkey breast. I also used escarole and 1 cup of Acini De Pepe and no egg. Absolutely Great Soup Recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A delicious soup and a favorite in our house. The meatballs are full of flavor. I also add Acini de Pepe (the tiny balls of pasta). One thing I didn't realize is that curly endive is also called chicory. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I did a number of substitutions, including adding ricotta instead of parmesan to the meatballs. I also added carrot and blended it with the meat. I used red kale instead of curly endive. The taste was magnificent, very hearty and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the soup for Christmas dinner. I followed the recipe, used escarole and added about 4 ounces of finely chopped chicken. I have two older sisters that have been the family wedding soup makers of record. Theirs is always great. It was the nicest Christmas present when they both said the soup was better than theirs and absolutely the best they ever had. That was tough for them to say. I simply said thanks and gave Giada the credit. Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was absolutely awesome! I made a double batch for Christmas Day dinner. My family loved it! I loved it!! I used 2 lb of escarole instead of endive or spinach. I also added a few sliced carrots into the soup. It was amazing! Thanks for the recipie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was ok, not 5 star in my experience. Doesn't have layers of flavor like other soups. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It says above to put the meatballs on a baking sheet....Do I bake them before I put them in the soup? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was extremely well received. I was surprised at how easy it was, but even more by the amazing flavor. I substituted Napa Cabage for the endive just because it was the closest thing available at my market and it was fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent ! It will be my staple wedding soup recipe, my family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect item not reviewed by moderator and published
This may be a good soup, but it is not Italian wedding soup...where is the chicken ? The arugular item not reviewed by moderator and published
Giadia you are amazing this soup is just like my Grandmothers I did make one change I used turkey because that was all I had it was unreal... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! I followed this recipe exactly as is with the exception of using spinach instead of endive. LOVE IT! This is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe! I usually make this substituting chicken for the pork, and use spinach or kale for the curly endive (I can never find it). I also added acini di pepe. So incredible, fast and I have to make a double batch if I want it to last a few days. Thank you Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was so tasty--without sticking to your ribs! I used spinach instead of the curly endive and 2T. panko bread crumbs instead of the slice of bread. I would make this again and again. It is so flavorful and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh. My. Gosh. Those meatballs are AMAZING!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unfortunately, I didn't like this soup at all. I didn't like the bitterness of the curly endive or the taste of the meatballs, and especially did not like the scrambled egg in my soup. Sorry Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, Love, Love this recipe!! I did tweak it a bit added diced carrots and celery, orzo and spinach!! Very tender meatballs the broth has a wonderful taste and I just used box broth. The family loved it! I doubled the recipe to freeze a batch! Thanks you Giada sending &lt;3 item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely DELICIOUS! I had been craving some really good Italian Wedding Soup but I had not been successful at finding any. I made a few slight alterations to the recipe. I used 1/4 cup breadcrumbs in my meatballs instead of the bread slice and I browned my meatballs before I put them in the broth. I also added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to the meatballs while they were browning because everyone in my house likes things a little spicier. I also used fresh spinach because I could not find the endive at the store that I went to. I saw that other recipes used spinach so I tried that instead. This will be a regular soup in our house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is awesome. The only thing I did to change it was add Acini di Pepe like my mother used to. Otherwise I made it exactly according to the recipe. Very satisfying on a cold night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup has a ton of potential but the recipe just doesn&amp;#39;t bring it home! I thought this was easy to make but in all, the broth was bland. I&amp;#39;m going to try Ina Garten&amp;#39;s recipe next to see if that is better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and very simple! I will definitely make this again and I will use the meatball recipe for a basic meat ball. Very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good. I forgot the parm cheese in the meatballs so it can only get better. My escarole did not need to cook 8 min.it got a little limp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This might be the best thing I have ever made! I shared with 2 friends and they LOVED it! We've all made this Italian Wedding Soup recipe multiple times! LOVE IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great soup. I made it by the instructions and loved it. Then, I got lazy and bought frozen Italian meat balls. HUGE mistake. Making the meat balls and cooking them in the broth is probably the most important step. The soup was ok but did not have the velvet mouth feel and the flavor of the original. Please learn from my mistake and go through the ordeal of making the meat balls....it is worth the labor and time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Giada but this soup was just so so. The flavor was lacking and one dimensional. It felt like it was missing something... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and simple. Make your own stock with apiece of Parmesan cheese rind in the pot as it simmers. Adds great depth and flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner last night. My husband was hooked!! Fabulous!! I couldn't find any good endive or escarole, so I put some fresh spinach in the bowl along with some cooked ditilini, then poured the soup over. The spinach wilted perfectly, and the pasta added just a little more heartiness. Next time I'll try using beef and sausage for a little extra flavor. This will be my go-to, quick soup recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made...WONDERFUL SOUP! It was so easy, pretty quick and of course very tasty. I will have to try adding carrots next time. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make and so delicious! I made this using the small meatballs that you can find at Trader Joe's. Put them on some parchment paper and baked them. Added them to soup and they were fab! I also use spinach and some chopped carrots. Family favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always disliked Italian Wedding Soup until I had it one time at the Italian restaurant my sister-in-law had her rehearsal dinner. The picture on here looked identical to how the restaurants was so I thought I would give it a try. IT IS AMAZING! Almost an identical match if not spot on. The first time I made it I used leftover turkey stock from Thanksgiving and the second time was a combination or turkey and chicken stock. I also added a peeled and julienned carrot. It's delicious. I can't wait to make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very lovely, authentic soup! To all those commenting on the meatballs being difficult to make, try this...make your regular (egg sized meatballs, fry in extra virgin olive oil (or bake if you prefer, then just break them into the sizes you like! I prefer them this way, but I'm a texture fan: item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just finished making a pot of this and had a sample bowl - excellent, just what I'd hoped for. I couldn't decide to try this recipe or Ina Garten's so I just started with the usual base of onion, carrot and celery like Ina's calls for, then followed the rest of this recipe. A little time consuming, but what good soup isn't? The egg/parm mixture at the end was easy and adds an authentic touch. Also added some mild italian sausage to the meatball mixture which I figured would help avoid blandness. Success! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I heart this soup. It's a little time consuming to roll all the tiny meatballs, but so delicious, it's worth it. I usually add frozen spinach, instead of (I believe, but not 100% sure kale (? that giada suggests. Give this a try! You won't be sorry!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy soup. I used three diff meats: Grnd turk/Italian sausage &amp; Ground Pork. Came out great! I added orzo, but that eliminated the leftovers because the pasta swale up. Over all great soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was an absolute hit! Easy to make and tasted delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing. I used homemade stock which only added to the rich flavor of this classic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made Italian wedding soup for the first time using this recipe. This is delicious! I used slightly different proportions, as my hubby likes his soups thick. Added 1/3 less broth than indicated in the recipe. Very tasty. Highly recommended item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good recipe! Very tasty, satisfying, now on the "comfort food" list! For those of you moaning about making all those little meat balls (and I doubled the recipe, here's a tip: First, line the cookie sheet with non-stick foil so no clean up. Second, use a small scoop! I have one that is just about 1" across. Scoop up meat mix, deposit into the other hand, give a little squeeze, set down. I then went back and gave a quick round-off to all of them. Meatballs were shaped in 5 min. tops! Also, I've made Giada's recipes before, so I have an idea of how much tweaking they can take (I usually adhere strictly to a new recipe the first time. I added chopped carrots (because I had some already peeled, and used fresh escarole and chopped spinach. This and homemade bread? Heaven! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, it is very easy with not much prep and mess. It made quite a large batch, which works great for leftovers for lunches. From the meatballs section of the recipe, instead of a slice of bread we substituted 1/2 cup of bread crumbs. I've found that the pearl pasta expands a lot in the leftover soup, so I reduce the amount of Pearl Pasta to 1/2 cup and increase the amount of Chicken Broth to 16 cups. I add the pasta, meatballs and endive all at the same time and continue to cook at medium high until the pasta is cooked through. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fabulous! I used Pacific brand Organic chicken broth since I was in a hurry and escarole for the greens. I also added 1C of acini de pepe pasta in addition to the egg mixture. To those of you considering cooking the meatballs in the oven...don't!! Cooking the meatballs with the stock adds wonderful flavor and it's easier: item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderfully hearty but not heavy soup which is adaptable, as others have said. Got spinach? Use that. Kale. It works. Do heed the instructions about keeping the meatballs small, so that they cook quickly and all the way through. Delicious soup and feel free to experiment with throwing in thick egg noodles or some orzo. The results are fabulous, every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe for years. It's good everytime. When I made it the first time years ago, I couldnt find endive or escarole, so I used kale. I also used just ground pork in the meat balls. Ive never tried to make exactly the way the recipe is written, because its really good anyway!! I also add some orzo if i have it. It does make a huge vat of soup, so either invite some people over. Everyone loves it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty! It was great. My whole family enjoyed it very much! The only thing that I added to the soup was orzo. The soup was the meal so I wanted to make it more filling. It was easy to make and delicious!!!! I can't wait to make it again! Thanks for another great meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and fairly quick! I took mattwalma's suggestion and substituted a half cup of seasoned bread crumbs in place of the slice of bread. I also subbed escarole for the endive, and added a cup or two more broth because I added a half cup of pearl pasta when I put in the meatballs and escarole. I did use the egg/cheese at the end and it turned out wonderful : The only suggestion I have is maybe recruit a second set of hands to roll those tiny meatballs. That took the most time! Thank you Giada and all the reviewers suggestions. This recipe is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cheated and used Italian sausage tortellini, rather than making meatballs. I also added a good handful of Italian parsley to the mix of greens I pulled out of the garden. Otherwise made it exactly as the recipe read. Excellent and super easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you can't say something nice....add lots more spices to every step of this recipe or you will produce a large pot of bland and dull. Basil and oregano and finely diced proscuitto makes the meatballs better. Adding shredded carrots like they did in Italy along with some spices makes the broth very flavorful. In other words, totally change this recipe and it's good. Sad to say, but the Barefoot Contessa's is much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used only lean ground beef for the meatballs, made them a bit smaller and browned them first before putting them in the soup. Next time I will try just cooking them in the broth which might give the broth a bit more flavor. Soup was delicious, my husband and toddler both enjoyed it. I had some leftovers for lunch the next day and found that it was even tastier the day after- allowing the flavors to really blend (but the greens were not so green any longer Will be a favorite recipe for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this soup! It has so much flavor, I substituted spinach instead of endive and I added pearl pasta instead of the egg, grated in a carrot for more color, it was great! My husband loved it too, defintely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe and I will make again. I did use endive AND spinach as the spinach added color. If I did not add this everything would have been the same bland color. I also added pasta to mine to add more then just a broth and meatballs. loved the flavor. Thx Giada item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was in the supermarket and googled a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup. Had almost all of the ingredients. Rainy cold night so I thought it would be perfect and it was! My daughter does not eat beef or pork, so I used 93/7 ground turkey. I would recommend it as an alternative. Used escarole as I find it's a nice "in-between" I feel that spinach is too delicate and kale too tough. Family LOVED it! Can't wait to make it again. Was quick and easy. Do yourself a favor and make it! Enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I make soup for my bagel shop/deli. My customers love this soup. It is very authentic. It always sells out. I serve a 12 oz. cup with a mini bagel. It will continue to be a favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just delicious! I'm getting over the flu and it was JUST what I needed. Wholesome, soothing, light, delicious. There's a lot of love in that pot. This is something I will make again and again. And company-worthy, too! WINNER! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As said by others, this recipe is easy, quick and so very delicious. I cheated and used small meatballs from my local italian market and it was PERFECT. Very tasty, and I love that it doesn't have orzo or rice in it, lowers the calories!! Giada never lets us down! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe they way it was written and the soup was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey if it's a Giada recipe it must be worth the try. It's easy and very tasty and the only things I changed were I used spinach ( instead of endive and I also added in some thin sliced strips of carrot not only for taste but color mostly. I've been a chef for 27 years and yes it's true, "You can teach an 'ol dog new tricks", thanks Giada item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make soup everyday for my pizzeria in southern New Jersey... I came across this recipe and gave it a try... WELL... This soup was so quick and easy to make and the flavor is wonderful. I did use escarole in the soup and cooked my meatballs in the chicken broth as stated in the recipe. (I never did that beforeI think that made a huge difference in the flavor. I also i'm a little heavy handed when it comes to grated cheese. I use internet recipes all the time but this is the first time i ever posted a review. Cheers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! As others did, I used Israeli couscous instead of the eggs...just seemed more traditional to me. Also used kale instead of endive, as that is what I had on hand. My family gobbled it up. Delicious with little toasted crostinis to dip in the soup - brush thin slices of Italian bread with olive oil and top with grated parmesan, then baked at 400 for 8 minutes. My husband sprinkled chili flakes in his soup too and loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I included a bit of fresh sage with the chopped parsley, if you'd like to try! The soup is a grand slam and I think I get why they call it 'Italian Wedding Soup' since it's not necessarily a traditional Italian custom. I think it has to do with how the egg/parmesan mixture you add at the very end ends up looking like lace within the Italian meatballs and green endive texture. Try it; super easy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good, introduced at Cork's Wine school had to come back and make it. I used fresh baby spinach from our little greenhouse with homemade stock. Wonderful comforting on a cold NEPA PA day just fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the recipe and followed it exactly as written and it turned out great. I would highly recommend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, quick and yummy! I loved this soup and it's better than some restaurants! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this without the meatballs.. and it's delicious!! This soup has been in our family for years and years and it's great with spinach. Super quick and comforting... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like the use of egg/cheese as it is used in Stracciatella. I'm using a pork, ground beef and chick'n sausage mix for my meatballs. Also using spinach and carrots, this soup is for a sick friend whos having a hard time getting back on a regular diet and I have to keep to high iron with the spinach. They and I just like carrots in our soup. Bon Appetit : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love love love this soup! Highly recommend, very tasty and simple to make too! Giada I love your food style and taste. You are the BEST!! I used swiss chard , absolutely fantastic. Perfect for winter months. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an excellent soup! Strange to the kids at first because they had never had "meatball" soup. I used turkey stock that was cooked down from the carcass and some other vegetables from Thanksgiving. I used store bought meatloaf grind for the meatballs. I added ditalini pasta to add some more substance for hungry kids...........kids were out in the cold to play and they always come in hungry. (Make sure you cook the pasta separately and have plenty of stock because the stock will soak up pasta. I also had to use kale because I didn't have any of the other stuff available. The meatballs had excellent flavor and now my wife will try the meatball recipe in other soups or sauces. Thanks Giada! A great winter soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great soup. I cut the recipe in half and made it ahead on a Sunday. My husband and I had it for dinner for two nights in a row during the week. It was easy to make and tasted great. There was no escarole in the store, so I substituted swiss chard instead. It worked out well. It definitely beats opening up a can of soup during the week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was pretty good but the cooking time needs to be longer, and I used ground turkey instead of pork because i couldn't find it in the Trader Joes grocery store. Also, could not find endive and used kale in place of it, still worked great. Next time I will add another egg and try to use pork. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best.Soup.Ever! AND it's so EASY! The first time I made it I had to substitute some things as I didn't have them on hand. I used spinach and used half chicken / half beef broth. I just made a double batch following the recipe exactly. It's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great recipe! I used beef and pork to make the meatballs.I did add some extra broth and seasonings as I made more meatballs than was called for. Delish! The only thing I did really differently was leave out the egg. My boyfriend was really hungry and said the soup looked and smelled fantastic without it and to leave it out. It was super yummy and we will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is excellent. This is very easy to make and is the best I've ever tasted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mindblowingly delicious! Made 2 batches of this Godly Elixir in as many days, it's so yummy. Optional enhancement: Instead of suggested pasta, we use 3 cheese tortellini--1/2 a family pack, or one 'basic' package. We've started to call this "Miracle Soup" in our family, because of its healing properties--Seriously--a steaming bowl of this stuff seems to fix the sinuses and send any cold bugs fleeing. Is it the chicken broth? The egg? The protein-to-liquid ratio? I don't know--All I can say is I spent all last night with a hot compress on my aching, inflamed sinuses, and all day today sneezing and blowing my nose...didn't dare move too far away from the kleenex, if you know what I mean. At 4:00PM I fixed up a batch of Giada's soup, between sneezing fits. Ate it. My sinuses cleared, the sneezing stopped. Just like that. Like I said: Miracle Soup..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this tasty version of a classic soup. My family loves it. After many tries I've settled on the following minor enhancements. Like so many others, I add some very small pasta, like acini de pepe. I also make the meatballs with meatloaf mix ( Beef, pork and veal 1lb package right from the supermarket. Finally, I add some high quality chicken soup base to intensify the flavor. No salty bouillon cubes please! I hope Chef Giada isn't too insulted! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! Instead of the egg swirls,I used either Israeli couscous or orzo (I just love pasta!. I keep making and enjoying this soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup for the first time last winter and it came out perfect... I made a double batch as it lasted us a couple of days. This is a great soup to have when it is cold and snowy outside. I will be making this soup for years to come.. Thank you Giada for another wonderful recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Extremely tasty and very easy! I made it even easier by using Trader Joe's mini party meatballs instead of making my own. Total prep + cook time = only 10 minutes! I managed to find all the ingredients at Trader Joe's, which made my shopping a whole lot easier. Couldn't find curly endive, so I bought a bag of pre-washed kale and it worked out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the recipe for a large friends/family gathering. I added some dry bread crumbs (about a cup to the meatball mixture, as it seemed a little too sticky for forming. They turned out so great, I think I will always use this recipe for meatballs! I also made it with half endive and half escarole, which gave it a lot of depth, and added 2 boxes of acini de pepe cooked in chicken broth as well as the additional broth that I boiled it in. The pasta ended up being a bit too much, and I wish now I had only added the one box, as the pasta continued to absorb the broth as the night went on, till there was barely any left! It was extremely delicious, though, and I got props all evening from my friends and family for it! Thank you, Giada!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What you made certainly wasn't IWS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A follow up comment...I noticed that many have given 5 stars then indicated a variety of changes they made to the recipe. I do wish we would rate a recipe on the recipe as it is written, still offering variations that make the recipes better. Rating a recipe that you have altered is not the same as rating the recipe as written (which I think is what is intended). item not reviewed by moderator and published
You failed to note that this person rated the original recipe with the broth lacking flavor - so they did make it, but then recommended another way to make it better. If you're going to review reviews, you should read the review. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can this be made a few days ahead of time? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Italian Wedding soup is an ITALIAN AMERICAN version of the Italian soup which was referred to as "minestra maritata", meaning married soup; referring to the pairing of meats &amp; greens. Pasta generally wasn't in the Italian version, and Giada's recipe excludes it. As her recipe has eggs stirred into it, that would make it authentic just as your comment alluded to. This recipe is like many Italian recipes for "Minestra Maritata"; meats, greens, stock, ( "stirred egg" too) ; ) . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh - and I forgot to mention that I substituted spinach for the endives. It was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good tip! item not reviewed by moderator and published
No, you put them into the soup uncooked. They cook through in the soup quickly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm from Italy and there is no chicken in real Italian Wedding Soup, only, homemade meatballs, endive, and egg! If you've had chicken, it was a chef's twist on the real thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
if your eggs cooked you didn't drizzle them into the soup while whisking. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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