A comforting and satisfying Italian wedding soup recipe! A flavorful marriage of healthy ingredients like tender turkey meatballs, spinach, carrots, and tortellini.
Do you want to know the secret to a happy marriage? For me and my hubby Jason’s love story, it’s Italian meatballs. Yes, you heard that right. Not just any meatballs, grandma’s recipe. I made a vow on our wedding day to make this comfort food dish at least once a month. Even though my timing isn’t always perfect, I think I’ve held up my part of the bargain pretty well, haha.
With love in the air this month, I thought that I would switch it up and make a delicious Italian wedding soup with tender turkey meatballs. Sounds good right? Learn how this popular soup got its name, hint… it’s not because it’s served at the wedding reception. Let’s roll!
Sometimes when you’ve got a recipe home run, keep going with it! I’ve taken my go-to traditional Italian meatball recipe, substituted lean ground turkey and made them half the size for this soup. All you have to do is broil the meatballs for a little browning and extra flavor before it gets simmered in the chicken broth. Oh, this is going to be good!
How to Make Italian Wedding Soup
Remember how I mentioned the meaning behind Italian wedding soup? Well for the longest time I thought it was just a catchy name to get people to buy canned soup with the tiny tiniest meatballs. Nope! After a little research (thanks google!) the soup is affectionately called minestra marinata, because of the harmonious matrimony of flavors of all the ingredients happily simmering in one big pot. Italian wedding soup always starts with a flavor Soup base, green, meat and sometimes pasta.
For my homemade version, I went for the gusto! Homemade turkey meatballs nestled in spinach, carrots and cheesy tortellini. It’s a one pot meal that will make your taste buds fall in love.
Want to customize your own Italian wedding soup? You can use any greens like escarole, kale or chard. Some spicy sausage or red pepper flakes would also be a nice switch up! Whatever pasta you have in the pantry will do, I just like some extra creaminess from the tortellini filling.
Are you ready to grab a BIG bowl and dig in?
When I placed this dish in front of Jason, you should have seen how his face lit up! His two favorite things, meatballs, and pasta were all in one piping hot bowl of soul satisfying soup. My son James was excited too and wanted a few extra meatballs.
Make this Italian wedding soup for the people that warm your heart each day! It also keeps well for meal prep to eat throughout the week. This recipe makes a pretty large batch. Do you love meatballs as much as my family? What’s your favorite meatball combination? I’d love to hear!
Ground turkey is very lean, so you want to have the right ratio of meat to breadcrumbs and eggs so that meatballs stay nice and juicy. I’ve found that a ratio of 1 pound meat: 1/2 cup breadcrumbs: 1 large egg gives tender meatballs. Broiling or pan frying the meatballs before simmering in the soup adds a nice golden color and creates more flavor. As the meatballs cook in the soup, it will continue to soften and infuse some flavor from the broth.