Italian Wedding Soup for a Crowd

Tonight is our turn to serve supper after church. I’m sharing one of my favorite soups out of my stash…and I have even managed to make it super easy. Some days I like to do it all from scratch…but not when I am making a large batch.

Italian Wedding soup for a crowd

Italian Wedding Soup for a Crowd

Yield: 50

Italian Wedding Soup for a Crowd


  • 1 pound finely diced carrots
  • 1 pound diced onion
  • 1 pound finely diced celery
  • 3 gallons of water
  • 1 pound Acini di pepi pasta (or other small pasta–add more or less to taste)
  • 2 large bags Simeks Meatballs
  • 3 large bags fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese for topping


  1. Saute a pound of finely diced carrots, a pound of finely diced celery and a pound of finely diced onion in some Olive Oil. Wait until it all looks soft.
  2. Add about three gallons of water, and a jar of Orrington Farms Gourmet Chicken Soup Base (This stuff is awesome and is the closest I have found to homemade chicken stock. Chicken is the first ingredient and it is MSG free).
  3. Bring the whole mixture to a low boil, add about four cloves of crushed garlic, and then plop in a pound of Acini di Pepe pasta.
  4. Let it simmer for a bit so the pasta can cook, then add a bag of frozen Italian Style meatballs. Simeks is my favorite brand, they have good flavor and just the right shape and size.
  5. Simmer for a bit to heat the meatballs through, then add a bag or two of frozen or fresh whole leaf spinach. Heat through. Serve, topped with fresh grated parmesan and some crusty bread!
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Italian Wedding Soup is a family favorite and is filling enough that it is a “dinner soup” that needs only a chunk of crusty bread to satisfy my hungry boys! And, like most Italian food, it tastes even better the next day! I heated up some leftovers to send in a Italian Wedding Soup for a Crowd 1Thermos  for my 7-year-old’s lunch today!


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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!