Keto Italian Wedding Soup

This sensational Italian soup is simple to prepare, light, satisfying, and loaded with tasty beef meatballs and savory spinach. It’s also easy to customize: Make the meatballs using pork, turkey, or a combination. Swap in other greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, or escarole, for some variety. Just be sure to recalculate any macros if you make changes. Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 days; to reheat, simmer gently over low heat.
Serves 6 Serving: 8 oz Soup & 4 Meatballs

Ingredients List

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • qt (6 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 lb ground beef chuck, 85% lean
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley (or 2 Tbsp dried parsley)
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or crushed
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 6 oz bag (3 packed cups) baby spinach, roughly chopped
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  • Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then grease it with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.
  • Pour the chicken broth into a large pot and bring it to a mellow simmer.
  • In a medium bowl, break up the beef into small chunks. Add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and the heavy cream, egg, parsley, shallot, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. With clean hands or a wooden spoon, gently mix until just combined; do not over-mix.
  • Lightly oil your hands with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, then make 24 small round meatballs and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the meatballs until they’re golden brown, turning halfway through cooking, 15 to 18 minutes total.
  • Add the meatballs to the chicken broth and simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped spinach until it’s wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Drizzle each serving with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

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RecipeEric Lundy

PhotographyErin Ng

2 reviews

2 responses to “Keto Italian Wedding Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    Great, easy to make soup. Girlfriend loved it. I used pork instead of beef. Is that what Italians eat at weddings?

  2. 5 stars
    I like this soup a lot. It’s light yet filling. Sometimes I want to eat super light.


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