Crock Pot Italian Wedding Soup

"This takes a little advance preparation, but it is great to come home to after a long day. Pastina and acini di pepe pasta is very small pasta and can be added the last hour or so of the cooking time."
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Ready In:
8hrs 30mins




  • Meatballs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Form into very small balls (I get approximately 90 meatballs from 1 pound ground beef. I bake mine on a nonstick cookie sheet and turn them half-way through the cooking time).
  • Bake about 10-15 minutes, until the meatballs have browned but are still soft (watch closely).
  • Remove from oven and drain on paper towel, if necessary.
  • Soup: Place all of the ingredients, except the pasta and escarole or spinach, into the crock pot with meatballs.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours (Add pasta and escarole or spinach during the last hour of cooking and salt to taste, if necessary).
  • Remove bay leaves.
  • Top each serving with grated parmesan or romano cheese.
  • Note: The meatballs must be prepared before being put into the crock pot (make them the night before and put them in the refrigerator, or even keep a batch in the freezer. I basically prepare as much as I can in advance so all I have to do is just put it all in the crock pot in the morning).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Aime K.
    If I am making Chicken Balls, not red meat. Do u still recommend cooking the night before ?
  2. Staci K.
    Can I pan sear the meatball the night before?
  3. Katie M.
    Can I just cook the chickwn im the crockpot and shred


  1. Hanner
    I made this soup to serve 30-40 people for our Italian daughter-in-law's wedding shower. I didn't change anything and everyone was wowed! I love it and see no reason to try any other now. Thanks for posting!
  2. cbt3mom
    This was delicious and my boys told me I need to get a bigger crock pot.....and I doubled it!!! Thank you :D
  3. DeniseBC
    Boy this was really good! I doubled the pasta and just eyeballed the amount of spinach. I also used precooked Tyson chicken strips chopped up which worked well. Italian wedding soup is one of my favorite soups, but I never tried to make it before. This will be my "go to" recipe from now on!
  4. out of here
    This is the best "Italian Wedding soup" of 15,000 or so .Thank you lainey,I make this every month. I love the taste of the little meatballs.Perfecto! Rose
  5. Maito
    I love acini di pepe, it is a real comfort food for me. So I doubled that, as well as subbed lean turkey for the beef. We really liked this soup, we would definitely make it again. Next time I would double the greens (I used chard), use 50% more broth, and possibly 25-50% less meatballs for our likings. Allow yourself ample prep time here, I think it took me an hour and a half. Served four for us as a meal without any accompaniments. Thanks for this recipe, Lainey!



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