15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup

No need to wear a white gown to enjoy this 15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup.

The first time I had Italian Wedding Soup I fell in love with it. How could I not? It has some of my favorite ingredients. Meatballs, cabbage, kale or spinach and noodles. Delicious!

After first trying it, I needed to find out why it was called Italian Wedding Soup. Is it really something traditionally served at Italian weddings? The answer is no.

The name comes from the Italian phrase minestra maritata meaning “married soup” but not referring to a marriage between people. Instead it’s referring to the way that green vegetables and meat go so well together.
Easy Italian Wedding Soup
Since first trying this soup I’ve had a bunch of different versions. My favorite ones always have meatballs. But today’s recipe is a SOUPin15 recipe, and I knew that I couldn’t make traditional meatballs and cook them in the time allowed. So I came up with a quick way to make delicious rustic meatballs.

This is a great tip that goes beyond just soup recipes. You can do this anytime you want quick meatballs.

What you do is take Italian Sausage, or any kind of sausage. Then use your fingers to pluck out blobs of sausage meat from within the casing. Roll them quickly between your palms. Meatballs formed. (Discard the casings).

For this soup the meatballs are cooked in the broth. But if you were making Spaghetti with Meatballs, for instance, you could pan fry the meatballs or bake them.

Quick Italian Wedding Soup with Spinach and Meatballs

I’ve chosen Spinach as the green vegetable for this soup because I always have some in the fridge. But you can use kale, cabbage, endive or escarole. You could even go with spring mix if that’s what you have.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup
There’s also pasta in this soup. I wanted something that would cook quickly so I went with Orzo. Another great quick-cooking option would be the tiny pasta balls called acini di pepe.

This quick Italian Wedding Soup is a real winner. Everyone I’ve made it for has loved it. I hope you and your family love it too!

15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup

Here’s the 15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup Recipe. See you in 15!



15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Learn how to marry meatballs and spinach in this 15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup. Fill the guest list, because this soup is worth celebrating.


  • 4 cups low or no-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 lb. fresh mild chicken Italian sausage links (about 5 links)
  • 3/4 cup dry orzo or other small quick-cooking pasta
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese (a wedge or buy it pre-grated)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach


  1. Measure the broth and water into a large microwave-safe bowl. Add the salt. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  2. While the broth is heating put a large pot or Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Peel and chop the onion. Add it to the pot. Use your fingers to squeeze ¾-inch balls of sausage meat out from the casings. Let them fall directly into the pan of onions. Stir occasionally as you make all the sausage balls. Discard casings. Stir and cover pot.
  3. When the broth has finished heating, add it to the large pot with the sausage. Cover and increase heat to high. When it reaches a simmer add the orzo. Let it come to a boil. Reduce heat to a heavy simmer. Stir occasionally until the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, grate the parmesan cheese if not pre-grated.
  4. When the noodles are cooked (the sausage will be cooked by now as well), taste and add extra salt if desired. Put a handful of spinach into each of 4 soup bowls. Ladle hot soup on top of spinach. Garnish with grated Parmesan.
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Quick Italian Wedding Soup

15 Minute Italian Wedding Soup

9 Responses to “15-Minute Italian Wedding Soup”

  1. Jen — February 10, 2020 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    I used regular italian sausage and it was great!! Thanks! 

    • Christine Pittman — February 11, 2020 @ 10:45 am (#)

      You’re welcome, Jen!

  2. Norma — October 8, 2016 @ 1:51 pm (#)

    Can i use frozen spinach and add to the soup

    • Christine Pittman — October 10, 2016 @ 9:51 am (#)

      Norma, Yes. But defrost it first or break it into pieces so that it defrosts and heats quickly in the soup.

  3. Jen — January 21, 2016 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    I made this last night, and it was FANTASTIC! Thank you!

    • Christine Pittman — January 26, 2016 @ 10:25 am (#)

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for letting me know! It’s a favorite around here too. Have a great day!

  4. Jenny Flake — May 29, 2015 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Fabulous soup!  Loving those meatballs!!

  5. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 26, 2015 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    This is so smart!! Love the idea of using chicken sausages for the meatballs! 


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