Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  165
  • Protein  21 g
  • Carbohydrates  11 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  73 mg
  • Sodium  276 mg
  • Potassium  360 mg
  • Phosphorus  176 mg
  • Calcium  42 mg
  • Fiber  1.0 g

Italian Wedding Soup

Celebrate almost any holiday with this kidney-friendly recipe for Italian Wedding Soup.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes


Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitians Cynthia and Jean from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 1-1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons onion
  • 2-1/2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup acini de pepe pasta, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup carrots
  • 2 cups cooked chicken

Preparation

  1. Slice spinach leaves. Dice carrots and chicken. Mince onion.
  2. Place the beef, beaten eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, basil and onion in a bowl.  Combine thoroughly.
  3. Roll seasoned meat into a 1/2” diameter log.  Cut into 80 pieces.  Roll into tiny meatballs and set aside.
  4. In a large stockpot heat chicken broth to boiling. Stir in the spinach, pasta, carrots and meatballs.  Return to boil; reduce heat to medium.
  5. Cook (stirring frequently) at a slow boil for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente and meatballs are no longer pink inside. 
  6. Add diced chicken.  Allow chicken to heat thoroughly and serve hot.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices

1

Helpful hints

  • Look for low-sodium broth without potassium chloride. If unavailable, substitute with reduced-sodium broth and omit the salt or use your own homemade low-sodium broth.
  • Omit the salt if desired. Sodium difference equals 107 mg per serving.
  • Wedding Soup is an Italian-American soup that is popular in the United States, especially northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.  The translation of “minestra maritata” is married soup, a reference to the fact that the ingredients go well together.  Try this blend of tiny meatballs, diced chicken, spinach, carrots and tiny pasta in a chicken broth - no wedding necessary!
 

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4 Comments | Average User Rating:

Italian Wedding Soup

Blondumb says:

5

Tried this over the weekend - it is one of the rare soups I was able to serve to the entire family without hearing complaints. And, although I understand the traditional wedding soup is usually made with chicken balls, I appreciate the inclusion of beef in this particular recipe - because of the iron. Rating this one excellent.

Jul. 13, 2014, 6:45 PM - Inappropriate review?

Italian Wedding Soup

Weaverite says:

4

I have not yet tried this recipe, but plan to do so. I am not deterred by the two reviews because they obviously did not read the recipe properly. Chicken is added, however, beef is definitely used to make the meatballs. Careful attention to the ingredients and instructions are imperative! I am rating this very Good because of the ingredients stated in the recipe.

Mar. 15, 2014, 6:41 AM - Inappropriate review?

Italian Wedding Soup

floosey15 says:

2

I know this to be nota true wedding soup recipe. The meat balls r made of chicken not beef....

Jul. 09, 2013, 4:41 PM - Inappropriate review?

Italian Wedding Soup

MRD1940 says:

1

tHIS IS A CONVULUTED RECIPE FOR WEDDING SOUP. tHIS IS ALWAYS MADE WITH CHICKERINAS (CHICKEN MEATBALLS) tHERE IS NO BEEF IS THIS DISH. iT IS EVEN MORE RENAL FRIENDLY WITH ONLY CHICKEN MEATBALLS THAN WITH BOTH BEEF AND PIECES OF CHICKEN.

Jul. 14, 2011, 3:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

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