Acini Di Pepe Spinach soup

While rearranging my pantry I came across a pack of acini di pepe pasta. It’s a tiny pasta that works well in soups and salads. The name apparently means “seeds of pepper”. This tiny pasta is also used for a cold salad called frog eye salad. I had initially bought it to make the salad but never ended up making it.

I used the recipe in the box itself for our lunch today. It’s been extremely windy and cold here for the past couple of days. A hot bowl of soup is perfect for this weather.

The recipe is very simple and the soup was ready in a matter of minutes. While searching the internet, I learned that this soup is called Italian wedding soup if you add meatballs to it. The name implies a marriage of flavors rather than being served at an actual wedding. But of course I didn’t tell my husband that part ;-) He had his lunch thinking he was having a part from a wedding meal!

Read on for the recipe. This post goes to Kids Delight event, hosted this month by PJ under the theme Winter warmers.

Recipe source: Ronzoni


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 6 cups of broth/water
  • 1/2 cup acini di Pepe pasta, uncooked
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • 10 oz pack of frozen spinach
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Heat butter in a pan. Sauté onion and garlic until it turns light pink.
  2. Add water or broth and bring it to a boil. Add pasta, nutmeg , salt and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add spinach and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring in between. Pasta should be cooked by now. Take off the heat and serve with grated Parmesan cheese if preferred.

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9 thoughts on “Acini Di Pepe Spinach soup

  1. This is one of our favourite soups, sometimes I add chicken meat for protein and I had to ditch the Spinach because it is very high in Oxalates and I am a kidney stoner. Good news is Kale works perfectly as a sub and my family loves it just as much!


  2. Never heard of that pasta, they sure look super cute, love how you have captured that steam from that hot bowl ! And lol on that wedding feast thingy, some things are better left untold 😜

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  3. Those tiny pasta with spinach makes this soup seriously a super filling meal while the weather is super down. I love to add pasta in my soups. Lovely bowl of comforting soup there.

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  4. Never seen that tiny pasta but I do like buckwheat and or barley in my soups. I think I shall replace them with this pasta once in a while but only if I could find them here.

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  5. I hope the weather warms up a little by next week, when I return. Even I like tiny pasta in soups. I don’t remember if it was acini di pepe pasta but apt for soups.

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