Engagement Soup

I’m sure many of you have had a great bowl of Italian Wedding Soup…

My “Engagement Soup” has all the making of Wedding Soup without all the “commitment”!

{insert canned laughter}

Simply put, I’ve changed the spices just a wee bit and simplified the dish by throwing it all in the slow cooker :)

While I will not promise any engagements as a result of making this soup….ladies it definitely can’t hurt! We all know the way to a mans heart….. Extremely amazing high heels (ok so I just use that as an excuse to buy them)

This soup is extremely versatile…you can substitute in ground turkey or beef, and use just about any leafy green in place of the spinach for new tastes and textures.


1 lb. ground pork ( either plain or Italian style)

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (the kind in the can)

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (not garlic salt)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

6 cups hot chicken broth

1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup mini shell pasta

1 bag of spinach leaves (by the salad mixes in the store)

Grated parmesan cheese to garnish (the good stuff)


(I apologize for the lack of pictures…..every battery I own was dead. My father, who taught me everything I know about photography, will be calling me immediately after reading this)

Combine the first ten ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well with large spoon (or clean hands) until the meatball mixture in thoroughly combined.

Roll the mixture into small balls, just about the size of a gumball.

Heat your broth in a pot until hot, then pour into a 4-5 quart crockpot. Add the tomato paste, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

Carefully drop in all of your meatballs, cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours.

After 5 hours, add your pasta, cover and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Stir in the spinach leaves and allow them to wilt slightly.

Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with grated parmesan. This soup is amazing served with crusty garlic bread. Dip it in the broth, TRUST ME!!

So after the battery debacle in the morning, I quickly tossed my batteries on the charger and thankfully had them ready for a final picture.

Hope you enjoy. If anyone DOES get engaged I would love to hear about it :)

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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2 Responses to Engagement Soup

  1. One tired mama

    Yum! This is one of my fave soups. I will have to try this one. :)

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