Italian Wedding Soup

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

8 servings

  • 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

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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Pairs Well With
Sauvignon Blanc

Acidic, refreshing white wine

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    Such a tasty version of a traditional soup! I love the egg addition to the soup! I will definitely make this again!
    Oh - and I forgot to mention that I substituted spinach for the endives. It was perfect!
    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! :)
    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!
    We substituted 90% lean ground turkey for the beef and pork and it was still DELICIOUS! We will definitely be making this again!
    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!!
    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.  
    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!
    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!
    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!
    This was ok, not 5 star in my experience. Doesn't have layers of flavor like other soups.
    It says above to put the meatballs on a baking sheet....Do I bake them before I put them in the soup?
    No, you put them into the soup uncooked. They cook through in the soup quickly.
    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.
    This was excellent ! It will be my staple wedding soup recipe, my family loved it!
    This may be a good soup, but it is not Italian wedding soup...where is the chicken ? The arugular
    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. 
    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...
    Fantastic! I followed this recipe exactly as is with the exception of using spinach instead of endive. LOVE IT! This is a keeper.
    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!
    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! 
    Excellent recipe
    Oh. My. Gosh. Those meatballs are AMAZING!!!
    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.
    if your eggs cooked you didn't drizzle them into the soup while whisking.
    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 <3
    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.
    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.
    This soup has a ton of potential but the recipe just doesn&#39;t bring it home! I thought this was easy to make but in all, the broth was bland. I&#39;m going to try Ina Garten&#39;s recipe next to see if that is better. 
    Delicious and very simple! I will definitely make this again and I will use the meatball recipe for a basic meat ball. Very tasty!
    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 got a little limp.
    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!
    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 is worth the labor and time.
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