Italian Meatball and Kale Soup

After making those brownie batter bites, I feel a little strange posting this healthy soup recipe.

This is the complete opposite of those triple chocolate treats, but this soup is just as good…in its own way.

And that’s what it’s all about, right? Balancing chocolate with kale and whole wheat couscous. Or that’s what my life is, anyways.


I dreamt of making big bowls of Italian Wedding Soup and then, in the middle of cooking, realized that I really don’t know what Italian Wedding soup is. I was just sure that this wasn’t it.

Do you ever do that? Think you know what a certain dish is and then realize that you really have no idea?

This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me.


Maybe it’s not what I planned, but this soup turned out tasty.

And while we’re finally getting some warmer winter weather, I’ll never turn down a good bowl of soup – no matter what the temperature is outside.

Italian Meatball and Kale Soup


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cups broth
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1 bunch (about 4-5 cups kale), chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • parmesan, for topping
  1. Heat large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, onion, and celery and let cook 5-10 minutes, until softened.
  3. While veggies are cooking, mix together the meatball mixture and shape into quarter-sized meatballs.
  4. Add broth to veggie mixture and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower broth to a simmer and add couscous.
  6. While couscous is cooking, heat skillet over medium heat and cook meatballs in batches, browning on all sides until cooked.
  7. As each batch of meatballs is browned, add them to the broth mixture until all the meatballs are in the soup.
  8. Stir in kale and let soup simmer 5-10 minutes to let the kale soften and the meatballs to cook through.
  9. Serve, topped with parmesan cheese.



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  1. This soup looks great! Nice and hearty. So many Itallian wedding soups are so heavy on the broth, but this looks perfect.

  2. Ooooo la la, looks fab! I have been obsessed with throwing kale in soups lately…must bookmark this baby!

    ALSO- loooooove BranAppetit’s new “home”. :) Looks awesome!

  3. Italian Wedding Soup is just soup with pasta and meatballs so I’d say this qualifies ;-) My parents loved it enough to serve it at their wedding.

  4. Oooo I made Italian wedding soup a couple weeks ago and we loved it – such a great blend of flavors isn’t it?!?!

  5. I’ve totally done the “i should make _____” and then realized while cooking I hadn’t ever had what I was making!
    I think that can help it turn out better-you’ve got nothing to compare it to!

  6. mmm mm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    perfect cold weather foooooooooood

  7. good news, Brandi! I didn’t update my feed with your new URL but your post this morning showed up on my google reader I’m sure all your followers will be redirected. Woo! I know how stressful starting up a new page and worrying about losing your followers can be – so I thought I’d let you know :)

  8. Mmm this looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it and i love your blog name :)

  9. i am so hungry for lunch, and this look like perfection!

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  12. I just made this. Good flavor. But I think I missed something. It’s super thick, so thick I had to add a boat load more broth. I used normal couscous but could that have caused such thinkness?

  13. my sister told me there was a recipe forItalian wedding soup w/kale & chorizo? is she mistaken?

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