I love the Italian Wedding Soup they serve at East Side Mario’s, but of course, I’ve always been well-aware that their version is probably nowhere near as good as a homemade version.

So I was thrilled when I recently came across this recipe for Minestra Maritata (Italian Wedding Soup) over at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy.

Actually, “thrilled” is an understatement; I think I gave a little cry of joy and danced a quick little dance. At any rate, the first thing I did was print out the recipe and rush into the kitchen waving it in my hand, saying, “I want this! Can you make it? Please?” to Ward.

So he did.

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We varied the recipe a little; we used ground beef and pork, rather than ground veal and pork. We decided on acini di pepe for the pasta, because I’ve always liked the way the little balls of pasta feel in the mouth. We didn’t have any homemade broth on hand, so we used organic chicken broth.

Was it good? Absolutely! And Ward loved how quick and easy it was.