You may have had a delicious chicken soup before but this Zuppa Mariata is the most delicious and comforting soup I’ve ever had! The recipe makes 4-6 servings. The first step in making this recipe is to make the Chicken Balls. They need to have some time to chill before they can be cooked.Zuppa Mariata


Zuppa Mariata




1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

½ cup chopped onions

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp. Lemon juice

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Oregano

¼ tsp. Pepper

8 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)

3 ounces egg pastina (3/4 cup)

40 chicken balls (recipe below)

2 egg yolks

1 cup light cream

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper and oregano to taste.




Before starting the soup make your chicken balls (recipe below). Then proceed with the soup recipe.


Sauté mushrooms and onions in oil in a skillet until tender. Sprinkle lemon juice, alt, oregano and pepper while cooking.


Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock to boiling. And the mushroom mixture and pastina. Boil 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken balls and continue cooking until the chicken balls are done. Turn off the heat and combine yolks, cream and cheese. Blend well and whisk into the hot soup. Season with salt, pepper and additional oregano, to taste. Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped parsley if you like.Zuppa Mariata


Chicken Balls


(makes about 40)




1 cup ground, chicken (can use ground turkey as well)

2 Tbsp. Chopped parsley

2 egg whites

½ cup dry bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper




Combine all ingredients and blend very well. Chill until firm enough to handle. Shape into small balls. Chill until ready to cook.


Cook the balls, either in the soup or in boiling salted water, until they float to the top, about 10 minutes. The cooked balls also freeze very well.


Seriously, this Zuppa Mariata is so delicious I think I could have eaten it all in one serving! Luckily I refrained and we had the leftovers for lunch the next day.Zuppa Mariata

12 comments on “Zuppa Mariata or Italian Wedding Soup

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way on March 16, 2018 11:55 am

I also have an Italian Wedding Soup on my blog — mine is more brothy but I have to admit yours looks delicious. I don’t think you can go wrong with a tasty soup. Do you know why it’s called “wedding soup?” YUMMY!

Nancy Wolff on March 16, 2018 12:04 pm

I will have to check out your recipe, this one is so creamy and delicious! And yes I learned that Italian Wedding Soup was originally called “Married soup” having to do with the way the ingredients worked together!

Clearissa on March 16, 2018 5:54 pm

Looks yummy!!

Amy on March 16, 2018 10:10 pm

Oh my gosh, this looks so good! I wish I could eat a bowl right now! TFS!

Nancy Wolff on March 17, 2018 5:43 pm

It is my new favorite chicken soup!

Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid on March 18, 2018 1:52 am

Never heard of this soup before, sounds tasty! Shared on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures on March 19, 2018 10:03 am

Mmmm… This soup sounds absolutely amazing! I will be adding these ingredients to our grocery list this week. Thank you for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Nancy Wolff on March 19, 2018 8:21 pm

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we have! It is so creamy and delicious, a true comfort food! 🙂

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on March 21, 2018 2:57 pm

Looks like a rich and satisfying soup! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party.

Miz Helen on March 24, 2018 5:02 pm

This soup looks so good, I can almost taste it! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

April J Harris on March 26, 2018 1:39 pm

Oh I would love to try a bowl of this lovely Italian Wedding Soup, Nancy! It looks absolutely delicious. Sharing around, including on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely week!

Nancy Wolff on March 26, 2018 4:33 pm

Thank you so much April! I alway love stopping by your blog! 🙂

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