Gluten-free Italian Wedding Soup

gluten-free Italian wedding soup | the simple hive Traditionally, Italian wedding soup contains meatballs and orzo, both which contain gluten. Therefore, this soup is off-limits for me.  Naturally, it would be the one soup I crave on these cold, rainy days that have parked themselves over Texas.

A shout out for you folks dealing with mountains of snow right now: I wish you the best.  I don’t know how you do it.  I would break.

Thankfully, I had the ingredients on hand to make some turkey meatballs and satisfy the need for the aforementioned soup.

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Because these meatballs contain no eggs or bread crumbs to bind them, they are cooked before adding to the soup to prevent them from falling apart in the cooking process.  I figured that out the hard way, so you don’t have to.  Yay, you!

This is an excellent opportunity to con encourage the kids to get in the kitchen to help cook.  These meatballs are tiny, so they must be made by tiny hands.  Amiright?

For the meatballs, you will need:

1 pkg. Jennie-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage (19.5 oz.)

1/2 medium onion, grated

1/3 c. flat leaf parsley, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/2 Parmesan cheese, shredded

1/4 tsp. sea salt

pinch of ground pepper


To make the meatballs:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the casings from the turkey sausage and place in a large bowl.

Finely chop the parsley.

italian wedding soup recipe

Grate the onion and garlic.  For the garlic, I use a microplane zester/grater like this one.  It helps to avoid big chunks of garlic in the meatballs.

microplane zester

Add the remaining ingredients.

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By hand, fully incorporate the remaining ingredients into the meat.

Roll into small balls (1/2″) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned and fully cooked.  Try not to eat them all.  Save some for the soup.

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While the meatballs are cooking, assemble the soup ingredients:

4 cups chicken stock

4 cups water

2 large eggs, beaten

2/3 c. carrot, finely diced

2 large handfuls of fresh spinach, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

salt to taste

To make the soup:

Peel and finely diced one large carrot.  This should give you about 3/4 of a cup.

diced carrots

And roughly chop some spinach.

chopped spinach

In a large pot, on medium heat, add the chicken stock, water, carrots, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.  When the liquid is warm and almost to a boil, add the meatballs and salt.  Let simmer for 20 minutes or until carrots are tender.

When the carrots are cooked, add the spinach and let simmer another 5-10 minutes until the spinach is wilted.

spinach greens

Turn the heat up and bring to a low boil.  Slowly drizzle the beaten eggs (yes, eggs) into the soup, swirling with a fork to make large ribbons.  The eggs contribute an pasta-like quality so you won’t even miss the orzo! Win!

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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This recipe feeds 2 adults and 2 hungry teenagers with a bowl left over for lunch the next day.

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One thought on “Gluten-free Italian Wedding Soup

  1. This soup looks delicious and like something my hubby would actually like! Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!


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