Photo: Pernille Pedersen
Total Time
40 Mins
6 servings

Grace Parisi's kids love a particular brand of canned soup filled with chicken meatballs and soggy pasta, but she prefers real minestra maritata (Italian wedding soup). She makes tiny pork meatballs and simmers them with orzo, chickpeas, spinach and parmesan. She occasionally substitutes green beans for the spinach, depending on who is at the table.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil with the carrot and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Add the orzo and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a bowl, knead the pork with the 1/4 cup of cheese, the bread crumbs and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls.

Step 3

Drop the balls into the boiling soup and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and chickpeas and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, 5 minutes longer. Serve, passing extra cheese at the table.

Ratings & Reviews

reveremomoftwo's Review

March 12, 2014
This was a helpful recipe. I altered it some. I bought pre made and precooked mini meatball at Giant Eagle and use Acini Di Pepe pasta instead of orzo. It turned out delicious! ..Just in time for more of the snowy weather!! Thanks for sharing!!!