Simple Italian Wedding Soup

This soup comes from the Italian phrase minestra maritata meaning “married soup” but it is not referring to a marriage between people, but instead, the marriage of the green vegetables and meat it contains. It’s a match made in heaven!

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb. mild or hot Italian sausage
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup orzo or other small pasta
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale


  • Heat butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Use your fingers to squeeze small (around ½" in diameter) balls of sausage meat from the casings. Add each directly into the pot with the onion mixture. Stir occasionally as you make all the sausage balls. Discard casings. Stir to combine.
  • Add broth and water, cover, and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil and add the salt and pasta. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add Parmesan and kale and cook for 1 minute. Serve immediately.