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{VIDEO} Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Italian Wedding Soup

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x




  • 1 lb lean ground meat of your choice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • 4 cups low-sodium broth of your choice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 small carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil (for pressure cooker)


  • To make meatballs: in a large bowl, mix together all the MEATBALLS ingredients until well combined. Shape into into 1 1/2-inch balls.

Slow Cooker

  1. Add all the SOUP ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  2. Make meatballs per instructions above. Add meatballs to the soup. Stir gently.
  3. Cook high 3-4 hours or low 6-8.
  4. Stir in the orzo pasta & spinach and cook an additional 15-30 minutes or until the pasta is tender.

Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

  1. Turn on the Instant Pot and select Sauté. Once hot add oil to the pot.
  2. Add carrots and onions and cook for a 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Turn off pressure cooker.
  3. Add broth and water and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon. Stir in parsley, salt, oregano, and pepper.
  4. Make meatballs per instructions above. Gently drop in meatballs and stir.
  5. Close lid and seal valve. Set HIGH pressure for 22 minutes. When done, natural release pressure for 5 minutes then manually the remaining pressure. Open lid.
  6. Stir in orzo and spinach. Turn pressure cooker to Sauté. Cook approximately 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently until pasta is tender.