Friday, November 21, 2008

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup

This soup is my favorite of all soups. I know I'm not alone in that, either. I'm not quite sure what it is about this soup that makes it so wonderful.

One of my friends is of Italian descent and he told me about his family's traditional get-together to make Italian Wedding Soup. He said they would painstakingly make hundreds of tiny meatballs and that his grandmother would inspect them. If they weren't "as small as the tip of your pinky finger" grandma would make them start over.

I've come across so many recipes for this, but the necessary ingredients are tiny meatballs, greens and very small pasta. I like acine di pepe.

Italian Wedding Soup
Serves 6-8
Printable Recipe

Meatballs:

1 pound meatloaf mix (ground pork/veal/beef)
1 whole eggs
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic - minced
1 teaspoon salt

Soup:

10 cups chicken stock
1 clove garlic - minced
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup diced carrot
1 pound chopped fresh spinach
1 cup small pasta such as orzo or acine di pepe

1. Mix together all ingredients for meatballs until very well combined.
2. Bring 10 cups of chicken stock to a slow boil.
3. Drop meatball mixture by the teaspoonful into the boiling stock - one at a time.
4. When all meatballs have been added to the stock, add remaining ingredients and simmer until carrots are tender and pasta is cooked - about 20 minutes.
5. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese sprinkled in each bowl.

8 comments:

kbabe1968 said...

Nope you are NOT alone! I would say it's one of my favs too. Funny, I just made this the for the first time a few weeks ago. It was a huge hit in our house!

MMMMMM....

Natalia said...

oh, YUM! Giving dh a call to get ingredients right now!

Reeni said...

It's a favorite for my whole family. Yours looks delicious, I wish I had a bowl now!

Natalia said...

We made this tonight and it was a huge hit! I used little alphabet pasta. Our broth was quite rich so next time I'll use less salt in the meatballs. Our foodie/connoisseur (age 11) said it was the best soup he had EVER had! It was super easy too (could be because I had two sons do the meat!)

Oh, a little cookie dough scoop worked perfectly for the meatballs.

Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

Natalia said...

I want to follow up almost 2 years later to say that it's still our family's favourite soup, and clarify that the recipe isn't as salty as I thought. I inherited some Italian seasoning from my mom and didn't know it had salt added to it! LOL. I have adjusted the amounts for our family to include double the breadcrumbs to make the meat go further and it's delicious. I increase the seasonings to compensate for the extra crumbs. Again, Anne, thank you so much for this!

michele said...

Amazingly delicious and easy to make! Thanks so much for posting this recipe. It's delicious!

The Jensen Five said...

Just wondering what is meatloaf mix, your first ingredient? Are you talking about like a McCormick packet or something?

Anne Coleman said...

I'm sorry I can't really state it any better - it's a mixture of ground beef, veal and pork - a pound all together.