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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Sauvignon Blanc

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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
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

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