Child mixing meat together

Kids Make Italian Wedding Soup



(originally posted January 11, 2019)

Our Italian Wedding Soup involves a lot of chopping, measuring, scooping and combining of ingredients. Kids might get a laugh out of the idea that this soup traditionally represents a wedding between meat and vegetables. In fact, my daughter started humming the wedding march while we cooked!


While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: Acini di Pepe.

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    • Fruit: none
    • Veggies: onion, celery, carrots, garlic, spinach
    • Grains: Acini di Pepe pasta, breadcrumbs
    • Protein: turkey, egg
    • Dairy: parmesan cheese

    1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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    • Acini di Pepe is a very small pasta, about the size of couscous. The name is Italian for “pepper berries.” 
    • Acini di Pepe is usually cooked in broths, soups, and pasta salads.
    • The pasta is made from semolina flour, a yellow-colored flour made from wheat.
    • Acini di Pepe is rich in carbohydrates, which give our body energy.

Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Italian Wedding Soup. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting! 

🍴Soup Mixture🍴

There is a lot to chop and mix together for the soup. Kids can:

Peel Carrots and help chop vegetables*

This is a fun challenge for older children.

Combine chicken broth with vegetable mixture

Add spinach to soup mixture

Kids tend to like crunching spinach in their hands!

Set timer for pasta

This is a good chance for kids to learn about cooking times.

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🍴Meatballs🍴

Putting these meatballs together is some messy fun! Children can:

Paint the pan with cooking oil

A pastry or basting brush is fun to use.

Combine meatball mixture*

Since this involves handling raw meat, this is a better task for older children.

Form meatballs

We highly recommend using a small scooper.

Turn meatballs over as they cook on each side*

We recommend using tongs to flip the meatballs.

We used this small scooper and these tongs.

*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous. 

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