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  • Writer's pictureGabrielle Hegert

Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs

This is my own twist on a traditional Italian wedding soup, so feel free to get creative when you're making yours too! It's also great to add butternut squash if you want to switch up the carrots.


  • 24 oz. chopped celery

  • 16 oz. chopped white onion

  • 64 oz. chicken broth

  • 16 oz. can of cannellini beans

  • 16 oz. can of sliced carrots

  • 1 lb. of ground lean turkey

  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 cup gluten free, regular breadcrumbs

  • 1 lb. cooked Ditalini pasta

  • 6-7 oz. fresh spinach

  • Salt, pepper, and grated parmesan (to taste)

  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a large soup pot (you'll want to use a deep pot like you would to cook spaghetti) coat the bottom of the pot with a hefty coating of extra virgin olive oil.

  2. Add in the celery and onion, stir so everything is evenly coated with olive oil, and bring to medium heat.

  3. Once you can hear the celery and onions start to sizzle, slowly start adding chicken broth, salt, and pepper until you start creating a roux-base for your soup.

  4. When all your chicken broth has been added, allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Next, add in your beans, carrots, and fill the remaining of the pot with water. Now it's time to start adding in more salt and pepper, plus a little grated parmesan cheese. Bring to a high simmer (almost boiling).

  6. While your soup heats, mix your turkey meat, egg, bread crumbs, some grated cheese, salt, and pepper (to taste).

  7. Start making your meatballs. Roll small sections into to quarter-size (keep in mind you want these to fit nicely on your soup spoon so don't make them too big) dropping each into the bubbling soup as you finish rolling it. Continuing this until you've used all your turkey meat.

  8. Reduce heat to simmer, add more pepper and grated cheese, and cook for about 45 minutes.

  9. Boil salted water and cook one box (1 lb.) of Ditalini pasta, strain and set aside.

  10. While your pasta is cooking, add spinach to soup pot, it will be finished cooking at the same time as your pasta.

  11. Now that everything has finished cooking, plate your pasta and soup, then garnish wish cheese and you're ready to eat!

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