This Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe is a Marriage of Delicious Flavors

May 31, 2020

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My easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe is cooked in only minutes using the Instant Pot. The name Italian Wedding Soup is actually named “minestra maritata” which means married soup and refers to a marriage of flavors between meat and vegetables. This soup is not only delicious but also healthy and filling.

Surprisingly, I don’t find this soup nearly enough on Italian menus in my area. If you enjoy visiting Disneyland you can find Italian Wedding Soup at the Wine Trattoria which I enjoy on every visit. I started making this soup at home in large batches because it’s so incredibly easy to make and also freezes very well.




Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe Ingredients

First, to make the meatballs you will be the ingredients below. I like to double my recipe and will make additional meatballs for spaghetti later in the week or to make a larger batch of soup. These recipes are very similar to my regular Italian Meatball Recipe except that for these meatballs we use half pork and parsley instead of basil.

  • 1lb ground meat
  • 1lb ground pork
  • egg
  • parmesan cheese
  • breadcrumbs
  • 2% milk
  • fresh oregano & parsley
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper


Next, for the soup, you’ll need the other ingredients below. I prefer to use Tuscan kale over spinach because I enjoy the texture more, but you can substitute spinach if you’d like. I also purchased an Aerogarden during quarantine. It was my impulse purchase which actually turned out to be a great investment. In about a month I had zip lock bags full of fresh herbs and Tuscan Kale to store in my freezer. The Kale used in this recipe came from my aerogarden at home.

I also omitted celery because I am not a fan, but if you enjoy celery you can feel free to add 1/2 cup of diced celery.

  • chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • carrots
  • Tuscan kale
  • onions & garlic
  • salt & pepper


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How to make this Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

You’ll begin by adding all of your meatball ingredients into a bowl. Be sure to soak the breadcrumbs in the milk so they are nice and moist when you add them to the bowl. This is a secret of making moist and tender meatballs. Mix all the ingredients very well with your hands. The more you mix your meat, the more tender it will be.

Once your meat is well mixed, measure a heaping 1tsp of meat into your hand and roll onto a ball. Once finished you can brown the meat which is optional. You do not need to brown the meat for this recipe. If you are in a rush you can completely skip this step. Also for the instant pot, it is better to use the nonstick insert to keep your meat from sticking. If you own an Instant Pot, I highly recommend ordering the nonstick ceramic insert.

If you’ve browned your meatballs you will remove them from the pan and then add the onions, garlic, carrots, and optional celery. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add your chicken broth, salt, pepper. Stir well and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Then add your meatballs and pressure cook on high for only 6 minutes.

Once finished, quick release and then turn your instant pot on Warm (high heat) and add your pasta and kale. Let continue to warm on the highest warm setting for another 10 minutes until the pasta is finished cooking. I like to serve this soup with a little parmesan cheese.



Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

This Italian Wedding Meatballs Soup recipe is easy to make using the Instant Pot. This is a perfect healthy meal for the entire family and makes great leftovers. I like to freeze several batches for meal planning.
5 from 19 votes
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 36 mins
Servings5 servings
Diet :
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Low Calorie



  • ½ lb ground sirloin lean
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs panko
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 whole egg
  • ¼ cup parsley fresh chopped
  • ¼ cup oregano fresh chopped
  • 1 tsp salt pink himalayan
  • ½ tsp ground pepper

Soup Ingredients

  • 64 oz chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Acini de Pepe can sub other small pasta
  • ½ cup onions diced
  • 3 cloves garlic fresh
  • ½ cup carrots diced
  • 1 cup Tuscan kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt pink himalayan
  • ½ tsp ground pepper


  • First you want to add all of the meatball ingredients to a bowl and blend well. Be sure to soak your breadcrumbs in the milk before adding them to your bowl.
  • Next, using a teaspoon, scoop your meat and form into small meatballs. Then you can set your Instant Pot to saute mode on (more) and brown your meatballs. This step is completely optional. If you brown your meatballs, remove them once they are browned and add your onions, garlic, and carrots. If you do not brown your meatballs, add 1 tbsp of oil and then add your onions, garlic, and carrots. You can also optionally add 1/2 cup of celery. Saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add your chicken broth, salt, & pepper. If you browned your meat be sure to scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Then add your meatballs and pressure cook on high for 6 minutes.
  • Once finished quick release and set your Instant Pot to "Warm" on the high setting. Add your pasta and kale continuing to cook on the warm setting for an additional 10 minutes until your pasta is cooked.


I highly recommend purchasing the ceramic nonstick Instant Pot Insert for your recipes which call for browning your meat. 
If you cannot find Acini di Pepe, you can also substitute any small pasta.
If you do not like kale you can also use spinach, I love Tuscan Kale and grow it in my home so I use it often in my recipes.
This easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe freezes easily for leftovers. If you scroll up to were it says "serving" you can increase the servings to any number and it will revise the recipe for you. I highly recommend doubling this recipe. 
When sauteing, I will often use Avocado Oil instead of Olive Oil because it can be heated at higher temperatures. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 2573mg112%
Potassium 740mg21%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 2942IU59%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 247mg25%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out my other Soup recipes. Making hearty comforting soups is one of my specialties!

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