Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Easy and hearty slow cooker Italian wedding soup with mini chicken meatballs. A comforting meal perfect for any night of the week.

Easy slow cooker Italian wedding soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel A hearty dinner!

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Easy slow cooker Italian wedding soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel A hearty dinner!

Everyone has a favorite soup. This is the Mr’s. He requests it time and time again. This is an updated version from what I shared many years ago.

Easy. Flavorful. Hearty. And absolutely comforting! A perfect soup to warm up with on those cold winter days and nights!

My favorite part is the mini meatballs. They’re perfectly sized to fit on a spoon! But best of all… they have a nice spicy kick… optional of course, but I totally recommend it!

This classic soup is an absolute must make. Make it even easier by preparing the meatballs ahead and tossing all of the ingredients in the slow cooker before heading off to work. Come home to a warm comforting meal, ready to enjoy!

Psst… don’t forget the cheese! A perfect topping for this fun soup!

This easy slow cooker Italian wedding soup should definitely be part of your dinner plans! Bonus, it makes for great leftovers!

Easy slow cooker Italian wedding soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel A hearty dinner!

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Easy and hearty slow cooker Italian wedding soup with mini chicken meatballs. A comforting meal perfect for any night of the week.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 8 plus

Ingredients

Soup:

  • 3/4 C carrots chopped
  • 3/4 C celery chopped
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 C chicken broth
  • 4 C baby spinach chopped
  • 1/2 C acini de pepe pasta

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 C seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  • Add chopped carrots, celery, onion and minced garlic to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle in dried herbs and spices. Top off with chicken broth. Cover and begin cooking for 4 hours on high or low for 8 hours. 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients. Using a small cookie scoop, fill scoop half full with meatball mixture. Shape each portion into a smooth ball. Meatballs should be roughly 1-inch wide. Repeat with remaining meatball mixture. Space evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Carefully transfer cooked meatballs to the slow cooker. Cover and continue cooking. 
  • When initial cook time is up, add chopped spinach and pasta. Replace cover and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes. 
  • Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

Notes

Recipe serves roughly 8-10.
*Meatballs may be made ahead. If meatballs are frozen, thaw them fully prior to adding to the soup.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Easy slow cooker Italian wedding soup recipe from @bakedbyrachel A hearty dinner!

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