Italian Wedding Soup

As a baker and cook I sometimes find myself looking for the most complicated thing to make for dinner because I feel like if I’m not making the product from 100% scratch then I’m not really cooking. I know it’s stupid but I’ve just never been one of those bakers who makes cakes or cookies from a box or buys pre-made anything. I admit, I was (and still am in a lot of ways) a bit of an ingredients snob.

Then I became a mom.

I no longer had three or four hours on the weekend to make meatballs from ground beef, herbs and spices or let a pot of chicken soup simmer on the stove for hours just so I could have stock for the next month. I started to discover that if I bought a bag of meatballs or a box of chicken stock that didn’t mean I was no longer a cook or feeding my sons horrible, calorie-filled, processed crap. I was still creating delicious meals for the family, I was just using a couple short cuts. But more importantly, I was saving time.

This recipe is one such entrée that can be created quickly with a few store-bought shortcuts and still be healthy and delicious. But if you’re like I used to be and want to make everything from scratch you can do that too. I mean, the only things I bought were the chicken stock and the meatballs.

So, I bet you’re wondering how I made this soup “from scratch” if I purchased two out of the six ingredients. That’s easy. I just added some vegetables, herbs and spices to turn the soup into an entrée and give it a lot more flavor. Just goes to show, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen in order to turn out a delicious, healthy meal the whole family will love.

Italian Wedding Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 meatballs
  • 1 cup small shell pasta
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1.  Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about five minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, add the pasta and let simmer for 7-10 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  4. Stir in the meatballs and cook for a couple minutes.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and serve.