Great Recipe for Kids: Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup is a classic Italian-American dish with a great mix of vegetables, pasta, and tiny meatballs. Its name comes from the fact the meat and vegetable taste great together – they are a perfect marriage!

Kids Italian Wedding Soup


  • 2 quarts (64 oz.) chicken stock
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 cup Ditalini pasta (or small-shaped pasta)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cut green beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained


In a large pot, bring chicken stock, carrot, celery and pasta to a boil. Turn heat down to medium and simmer for 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the meatballs. Combine ground pork, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper in a bowl. Form mixture into ½-1-inch meatballs. Drop the meatballs into the simmering soup and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and chick peas and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Serve with bread or homemade muffins. Italian Wedding Soup can be frozen in small portions for terrific warm-up lunches or after school snacks.

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