Make Italian Wedding Soup easily with this slow cooker version! Use frozen meatballs to save time- great for busy weeknights!
Soups are an AMAZING dinner in the cold temperatures. I love cozy soup, filled with lots of vegetables and served with bread and butter. And if I can let them simmer in the crock pot all day, even better!
My favorite soup style is a broth-based soup. I can add plenty of hearty ingredients to keep me full for a long time.
This Italian Wedding Soup is full of fresh produce and a flavorful broth, made easy with frozen meatballs and slow cooking to perfection.
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- Chicken broth
- Frozen meatballs (I used original meatballs but Italian meatballs, turkey meatballs, or chicken meatballs would work too)
- Elbow macaroni
- Baby spinach
- Use any type of tiny pasta instead of macaroni- orzo pasta, or others
- Make your own homemade meatballs (You’ll need to cook them before adding to the soup). You can use ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, or other favorite meat.
- Add other seasonings: Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley
- Use vegetable broth or beef broth instead of chicken broth
Why use frozen meatballs?
I honestly like to save time and energy as much as possible. I have ADHD, so recipes with a lot of steps tend to overwhelm me.
Frozen meatballs from the grocery store are super convenient and are perfect in a pinch.
You can definitely make your own meatballs, though! It is an extra step, but can be worth it. Just mix together your meatball ingredients and place on a baking sheet, and bake until fully cooked. The great thing about making your own is that you can control the size- make mini meatballs for a more fun soup!
When I actually have extra time and energy, I like to make a large batch of meatballs and freeze them for later. Homemade meatballs freeze really well!
How to make
In a slow cooker, add frozen meatballs, chicken broth, diced onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and seasonings. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
30 minutes before the cooking time ends, add the noodles and fresh spinach and stir to mix completely. Continue cooking until the spinach is wilted and the macaroni is tender.
Divide into 4 bowls and serve with your favorite sides.
How to store
Once this soup has cooled to room temperature, store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge. For best results, use within 3-4 days.
What to serve with this
I love serving soup with a big piece of bread! Whether it’s an Italian loaf, dinner rolls, garlic bread, or crusty French loaf, it’s all good.
You can also serve this with a salad. I love Caesar salad, with Parmesan cheese and croutons.
Print this easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe now:
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups sliced carrots (About 3 medium)
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 cups frozen meatballs (About 32 meatballs)
- 1 cup elbow macaroni or other small pasta
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a slow cooker, add frozen meatballs, chicken broth, diced onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and seasonings. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
- 30 minutes before the cooking time ends, add the noodles and fresh spinach and stir to mix completely. Continue cooking until the spinach is wilted and the macaroni is tender.
- Divide into 4 bowls and serve with your favorite sides.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 695mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.