Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 ⅓ cups chopped yellow onion
⅔ cup chopped carrot
⅔ cup chopped celery



2 tablespoons minced garlic
6 cups unsalted chicken broth
6 ounces orzo, preferably whole-wheat
1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh oregano


½ teaspoon kosher salt
24 cooked chicken meatballs (12 ounces), such as Easy Italian Chicken Meatballs (see associated recipe)
4 cups baby spinach
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.


Stir in meatballs and spinach; cook until the meatballs are heated through and the spinach is wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cheese and drizzled with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cupsPer Serving: 415 calories; protein 25.8g; carbohydrates 36.1g; dietary fiber 3.7g; sugars 5.2g; fat 19g; saturated fat 4.7g; cholesterol 100.6mg;


vitamin a iu 5269.9IU; vitamin c 20.3mg; folate 22.9mcg; calcium 165.3mg; iron 3.4mg; magnesium 67.6mg; potassium 680.9mg; sodium 728mg.

Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 1/2 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 medium-fat protein