This Keto Italian Wedding Soup recipe makes a fantastic low carb meal for the entire family. The meat balls are SO tasty, no one will miss the carbs!
Italian wedding soup was one of my favorite things at a Canadian chain of Italian restaurants when I was younger.
The traditional soup is one of the best cold day comfort foods - A flavourful, savory broth, pasta, spinach, and tasty beef meatballs.
I loved the whole thing, but when you’d happen across a restaurant that made really fantastic mini meatballs? That was the *best*.
When I went on a keto diet, I knew I’d have to come up with an amazing recipe for this sensational Italian soup.
... and I did!
This cozy soup recipe really knocked it out of the park - the homemade meatballs are AMAZEBALLS (sorry!).
This is definitely one of those easy low carb meals that work for the whole family - my husband was nuts about it, and in no way is he low carbbing.
It’ll definitely be making regular appearances in our future meal plans.
On the subject of being on a low-carb diet, this is a very low carb soup, coming in at only 6 grams of net carbs per serving.
Need to cut that down a bit? Skip the carrot to save almost 2 carbs per serving!
This keto meatball soup is really easy to make, but there are quite a few ways that you can change up the ingredients to make it your own.
So, let’s go over what’s in the recipe, and suggestions for ingredient swaps:
Traditionally, the meatballs in Italian Wedding Soup are made from ground beef, ground pork, or a mixture of the two - and you can definitely do any of those to make these keto meatballs.
We have to limit pork and beef in this house, though, so we use different meats,
Usually, I use ground chicken... but you can use ground turkey to make fantastic turkey meatballs for this soup, too.
Here’s everything else you need to make the low carb mini meatballs for this soup:
Ground black pepper
Feel free to use 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning in place of the basil and oregano.
Traditional Italian wedding soup usually involves tiny pasta - but that’s wheat and carbs, so I skip it in favour of konac.
I love the texture of Konjac Rice in this, and find it the closest low carb pasta substitute for the real thing.
If you’re not a fan of konjac, feel free to swap it out for 2-3 cups of cauliflower rice.
You can use any chicken broth, chicken stock, or bone broth that you like.
If you’re using store-bought, just be sure to check the ingredients and nutritional information to make sure there’s nothing in there that you’re not wanting in there.
We generally use fresh baby spinach, but feel free to swap that out for a pack of frozen chopped spinach, but feel free to swap that out for the chopped up leafy greens you like.
Tuscan kale, curly kale, collard greens... even Swiss chard!
The Supporting Ingredients
The flavour of the broth is boosted with the following:
Salt and black pepper
How to Make Low Carb Italian Wedding Soup
Full recipe follows, but here's a pictorial overview, along with some extra helpful tips.:
Measure all meatball ingredients in to a large bowl, mix until well blended.
Form meatball mixture into small meatballs - using a heaping teaspoon worth of meat mixture for each meatball, less if you’d like really tiny meatballs.. Place rolled meatballs on a baking sheet for now.
Drain and rinse the Konjac rice, WELL - at least 2 minutes of rinsing.
Place into a dry, large pot, cook over medium-high heat until excess liquid has cooked off.
Add garlic to the soup pot, cook for 1 minute.
Add broth, bring to a boil.
Add meatballs, carrot, and baby spinach to the boiling broth. Turn element down to medium heat, cook until meatballs are cooked through and spinach has wilted.
Garnish with flakes of Parmesan cheese on top.
Allow extra soup to cool to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container for storing in the fridge (3 days, max).
Otherwise, carefully pour soup into freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
More Keto Italian Recipes
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Keto Italian Wedding Soup
- 1 lb Ground chicken
- 1 Small onion grated
- ¼ cup Almond flour
- ¼ cup Finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- ¼ cup Finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Large egg
- 2 Garlic cloves pressed or finely minced
- ½ teaspoon Dried basil
- ½ teaspoon Dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon Ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 pouch Konjac rice
- 4 Garlic cloves pressed or finely minced
- 8 cups Chicken broth Low sodium
- 1 cup Shredded carrot
- 3 cups Baby spinach chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan Cheese for garnish
- Measure all meatball ingredients in to a large bowl, mix until well blended.
- Form into small meatballs - using a heaping teaspoon worth of meat mixture for each meatball. Place rolled meatballs on a baking sheet for now.
- Drain and rinse the Konjac rice, WELL - at least 2 minutes of rinsing.
- Place into a dry soup pot, cook over medium-high heat until excess liquid has cooked off.
- Add garlic to the pot, cook for 1 minute.
- Add broth, bring to a boil.
- Add meatballs, carrot, and baby spinach. Turn heat down to medium, cook until meatballs are cooked through and spinach has wilted.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Garnish with flakes of Parmesan cheese on top.
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