Wedding soup

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Wedding soup
Alternative namesItalian wedding soup, minestra maritata
Place of originItaly
Main ingredientsGreen vegetables (endive and escarole or cabbage, lettuce, kale, spinach), meat (meatballs, sausage), chicken broth
Food energy
(per 100 g serving)
71 kcal (297 kJ)
Nutritional value
(per 100 g serving)
Protein3.2 g
Carbohydrate10 g

Wedding soup or Italian wedding soup is an Italian[1] soup consisting mainly of green vegetables and meat in chicken broth. It is popular in the United States, where it is a staple in many Italian restaurants and diners.


The term wedding soup comes from a mistranslation of the Italian language phrase minestra maritata ('married soup'), which is a reference to the flavor produced by the combination or "marriage" of greens and the meat.[2] The minestra maritata recipe is also prepared by the families of Lazio and Campania. Some form of minestra maritata was long popular in Toledo, Spain, before pasta became an affordable commodity to most Spaniards.


Wedding soup consists of green vegetables (usually endive and escarole or cabbage, lettuce, kale, and/or spinach) and meat (usually meatballs and/or sausage, the latter sometimes made of chicken and containing Italian parsley and parmesan cheese) in a clear chicken-based broth. Wedding soup sometimes contains pasta (usually cavatelli, fusilli, acini di pepe, pastina, orzo, etc.), lentils, carrots, or grated parmesan cheese.

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  1. ^ Jones, Diana Nelson (July 22, 2004). "Food historian shows how immigrant recipes have survived, and served, America". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Italian Wedding Soup Origins". 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2018-02-05.

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