This easy Italian wedding soup is just that- easy, but without sacrificing on flavor. It’s the perfectly balanced meal in a bowl on a chilly night!
Happy new year guys!
I’m super excited about this new year for a couple reasons:
- It’s my first year EVER where none of my resolutions are about weight. Over the last year (and a couple months) I have been working out consistently, which was NEVER my thing, but now it has become a thing and I’m super proud of that. So my resolution is to just keep doing what I’m doing. HIGH FIVE.
- If eating healthier and losing weight IS at the top of your resolution list, then this easy Italian wedding soup is the perfect place to start!
You may be saying but Sam, I see pasta in there, and pasta is a carb, and carbs make you fat.
Carbs do not make you fat.
Generally it’s whats prepared WITH the carbs that make you fat. You know like heavy cream, and butter, and all that good stuff that I definitely still eat, just now in moderation.
So what’s in this soup recipe?
I’ll tell you what’s not in this soup recipe- guilt!
While yes, this easy Italian wedding soup does have pasta in it, it also has lots of healthy veggies like carrots, celery, and spinach, and the meatball is actually made from lean ground turkey and not fatty ground meat.
HOORAY are you excited with me now?
While its not necessarily a one pot meal because you do have to boil the noodles separately and finish cooking off the meat in the oven, it is the perfect complete one bowl dinner.
A balanced meal of carbs, veggies, and protein, all in one bowl.
I call that a win. Especially if you are going to use it as leftovers, then it’s a definitely a one pot meal!
The broth is chicken based but is flavored with white wine to give it a little oomph.
The whole meal comes together super quickly, so even if you had a busy day and are short on time, you can still make a hearty and healthy meal for you and your family.
And then take a swig or two of that wine because you know you deserve it.
For more healthier pasta ideas, check out these recipes!
- Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
- Fettuccine with Asparagus, Lemon, and Shaved Parmesan
- Radicchio Cous Cous Cups with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Easy Asian Inspired Noodle Bowls
Easy Italian Wedding Soup
- For the meatballs:
- 1 ½ lb lean ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Olive oil
- For the soup:
- 3 large carrots peeled and sliced into thin coins
- 3 large celery stalks sliced thin
- 1 large sweet onion diced small
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup white wine
- ½ cup fresh dill
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- 4 cups or 32 oz. chicken stock
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 lb. Prepared pasta of choice
- Preheat your oven to 375° F.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the meatball ingredients, mix well to combine, and shape into balls the size of golf balls.
- In a large pot or dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the meatballs, about 3 mins per side or until they are done. You will know when they are done if they flip easily. If the meat is still sticking to the pot, it’s not done! You may have to work in batches.
- Transfer the meatballs to a parchment paper lined sheet tray and bake them for 12-15 minutes or until done and no longer pink in the middle.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pot that you used for the meatballs, then add in the carrots, celery, onion, and salt, and saute until translucent, about 5-7 mins.
- Meanwhile prepare a separate pot to boil the pasta. Undercook the pasta by 2 minutes, and drain. It will finish cooking in the soup.
- Add the wine to the vegetable and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the brown bits from the meat. Add in the dill, parsley, and chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the soup to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Add the meatballs, pasta, and fresh spinach to the soup and stir to wilt the spinach.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!