Wedding soup is a very old, almost religious tradition in Italy. They throw small pasta instead of rice or bird seed; thus, it is honored in this soup. It is considered good luck for the bride and groom to consume this soup, preferably in the presence of loved ones, either the day before or the day of their wedding.
This is my version of love.
This is a great stew for cold winter nights! Serve with warm whole grain rolls or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Caution: it does make a lot, but freezes well. It can be reheated directly from the freezer in the microwave. Just heat for 2 minutes at a time, stirring between each until it is as hot as you'd like it.