Friday, March 06, 2015

Italian Wedding Soup

Simple soup recipes that are super easy and don't take much time to make are a favorite all year round.  Being able to throw a bunch of ingredients in one pot and create a wonderful meal is really satisfying.  A new favorite that has actually been around for a while is Italian Wedding Soup.  The first time I made this soup I was so surprised at how easy it was to make and was even more surprised with how delicious it was!  The reason it is called a 'wedding soup' is actually because the flavors marry so well together, not because it is served at Italian weddings :)  Once you give it a try to will see why it got its name!


1 small onion, grated
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 large egg
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
8 ounces ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
Freshly ground black pepper


12 cups low-sodium chicken broth or bone broth (add 1 bouillon cube to bone broth to add extra flavor if desired)
1 pound curly endive, coarsely chopped (1 pound of escarole would be a good substitution)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese, beef and pork. Using 1 1/2 teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.

To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and curly endive and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the curly endive is tender, about 8 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin stands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Finish soup with parmesan cheese if desired. 

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