Today I’m going to share a recipe for low carb Italian wedding soup, so obviously, I’ve been thinking about Adam Sandler’s seminal 1998 film, “The Wedding Singer”.
Say what you will about Adam Sandler movies, but this one actually has an amazing soundtrack.
It’s a veritable Who’s Who of 1980’s pop singers, from Billy Idol to Wham! to The Culture Club to Run DMC to Lionel Ritchie. So in order to get you in the mood for this wedding soup, I’ve cobbled together a Youtube playlist from the soundtrack. (Video below) So hit play and let’s make some low carb wedding soup.
When you are making Italian wedding soup, you can go as big or as small as you want with it.
Traditional wedding soup has meatballs, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, a leafy green and some sort of small Italian pasta in a thin broth. So this can be an “everything but the kitchen sink” kind of soup.
But it doesn’t have to be.
In looking through different recipes, I was drawn to a simple Italian wedding soup recipe that Giada De Laurentiis makes. It’s just chicken broth, meatballs, curly endive, eggs and parmesan cheese. So I based this low carb version on hers.
The recipe only needed a few substitutions to make it low carb and Keto.
I made the meatballs low carb by using almond flour as a filler instead of bread. And I swapped out the endive for spinach, since it’s a lot easier to find at the supermarket. I threw in some cauliflower rice in place of traditional Italian pasta, because it does add a nice touch. And the soup is finished by swirling in a mixture of parmesan cheese and eggs much like an egg drop soup. It makes for a lovely texture to add to the mix.
I do have one warning for you though.
The tiny little meatballs are pretty tedious to make. Giada’s recipe called for 1 pound of meatball meat, made into little teaspoon sized meatballs. But I only got halfway through the meat before giving up the ghost. So my recipe has half the meatballs, which is, honestly, the perfect broth to meatball ratio. Trust me, you do not need to be making itty bitty meatballs all night long.
No my friends, you should follow Lionel Ritchie’s advice and dance in the streets all night long.Print
Italian Wedding Soup [Low Carb & Keto]
This is a low carb and Keto recipe for classic Italian Wedding Soup. It’s a low calorie meal with just 1g net carbs per bowl.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 10 cups
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
1/2 pound ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup super fine almond flour
2 tablespoons egg, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons white onion, grated
10 cups chicken broth
1 cup cauliflower rice
2 cups baby spinach
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1. Mix all meatball ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Roll heaping teaspoons of meatball mixture into 1 inch sized meatballs with your hands. Place the meatballs on a large cookie sheet.
2. In a large soup pot, bring chicken broth to a low boil.
3. Lower heat and simmer as you add meatballs and cauliflower rice. Simmer for 8 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. A foam will form as the meatballs cook, but it will subside as you simmer the broth.
4. Add baby spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until wilted.
5. Mix together eggs and parmesan cheese. Stir in a circular motion and slowly pour egg mixture into the pot, stir with a fork until strands form, 1 minute.
6. Serve garnished with grated parmesan cheese.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 111
- Fat: 7
- Carbohydrates: 2
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 11
Keywords: Low Carb Italian Wedding Soup, Keto Italian Wedding Soup, Paleo Italian Wedding Soup
If you liked this low carb soup recipe, then you might like my recipes for Beef Vegetable, Chicken Soup with Rice or Tomato Soup.
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