Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
I love wedding soup and this is one of my favorites.
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1⁄2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- 3 celery ribs, diced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 1⁄2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 (14 1/2 ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans beef broth
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1⁄4 cup minced fresh basil
- 1 (1 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
- 4 1⁄2 teaspoons ketchup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 1⁄2 cups uncooked penne pasta
- In a large bowl, combine eggs and bread crumbs. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture; mix well. Shape into 3/4-inch balls.
- Place meatballs on a greased rack in a foil-lined 15-inch 10-inch x 1-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until no longer pink.
- Meanwhile, in a soup kettle or Dutch oven, sauté carrots, celery, onion and garlic in oil until tender.
- Stir in the broth, spinach, basil, soup mix, ketchup, thyme and bay leaves.
- Drain meatballs on paper towels.
- Bring soup to a boil; add meatballs.
- Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Add pasta; cook 13-15 minutes longer or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Discard bay leaves before serving.
This is a fantastic soup! Very easy to make and not at all expensive. The meatballs were excellent! My husband and I love soups and we both gave it a 10!
This is fantastic! I've never made wedding soup with both ground beef and sausage before and really enjoyed the 'kick' the sausage gave to the meatballs. I subbed fresh, chopped Swiss Chard for the frozen spinach and dried basil for the fresh (used 1 tablespoon). Also used ditalini pasta instead of the penne. This smelled so good while it was cooking. Served it with some fresh bread. Got a huge vote by DH to make this again! Congrats on winning the football pool!
Great soup! My husband must have said at least 3 times how much he liked it. It's simple and very hearty. Other versions of wedding soup that I've had include tomatoes, but I didn't miss them at all. Thanks a bunch, Lainey.