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 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours 50 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 8 plus



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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. 


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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22 Responses to “Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup”

  1. #
    April — December 7, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This is one of my favorite soups. I’ll definitely have to try this slow cooker version!

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      Rachel — December 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

      I hope you enjoy it, April! :)

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    Taylor Kiser — December 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    This soup looks so warm and delicious! I could totally make this and enjoy for lunch all week!

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      Rachel — December 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thanks so much Taylor!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    My kind of comfort food! Perfect for chilly winter evenings!

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      Rachel — December 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! Definitely great for a winter night!

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    puja — December 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I am a strict vegetarian so might not be able to comment on the taste of the recipe but I absolutely liked your presentation and picture!!!

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      Rachel — December 10, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Thanks, Puja!

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    Shauna — January 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    This looks delicious and easy! I love that it is made in a slow cooker. Perfect for a weekday meal!

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      Rachel — January 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Shauna!

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    Pam Smith — June 21, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Recipes look good. I’ll be trying the chicken pram soup.

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      Rachel — June 23, 2017 at 8:01 am


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    Beth — October 14, 2017 at 7:16 am

    At what point, time-wise, in the cooking process are the meatballs added to the broth?

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      Rachel — October 17, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Add them when they’re done cooking. If you’ve made them ahead, they can be added with the other ingredients in the beginning. Enjoy!

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    Jarrod — February 13, 2018 at 11:54 am

    This was a great soup! I’d like to comment how I made the soup, hoping it may help answer questions other novice cooks, like myself, may have. What always makes me question myself is quantities of whole vegetables needed opposed to measured by volume. These numbers are all my opinion and I did measure after I cut, so they are close to accurate. I used two carrots, two stalks of celery, one onion about tennis ball size and one bag of 6 oz. spinach. The spinach may have been slightly too much. I also had to speed up the cooking, since the kids started getting impatient, and placed the pasta/spinach in after 3:30 on high and ate it after 4:00 hours total. This worked for me. I want to try again slow cooked. Lastly, I rolled out 19 meatballs from the mixture. They were the size of 2-3 bites. Thank you for posting this recipe, certainly a keeper. Sorry for the long comment ;)

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      Rachel — February 14, 2018 at 6:59 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Leslie Makin — December 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Made this tonight and was delish. However will skip the added salt in the soup since the broth has enough. Was a bit too salty for me but not inedible. Can’t wait to make it again!

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      Rachel — December 14, 2018 at 6:21 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Leslie! As far as the salt goes, depending on the salt or brand of broth you use, you may need to adjust the salt. Seasonings for savory dishes are always just a guide.

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    Kate — October 28, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    This is such great soup! My 8yr old (who never likes my homemade meatballs) ate several and liked it!
    This one is definitely going in the binder of saved recipes. Thank you!!

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      Rachel — October 31, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      So glad your little one enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing, Kate! :)

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    Sarah Solari — September 24, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Hi! Do you cook the pasta before adding it into the slow cooker?

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      Rachel — September 25, 2022 at 7:53 am

      I generally do not but you can if you prefer.

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