Italian Wedding Soup...

Monday, January 7, 2013


I've been making this soup for years and it's a family favorite.
I originally had the recipe/photos posted on a different blog that never really took off, 
so I thought I would share it with you here on Walking on Sunshine.

I don't follow any "written" recipe, this is my version of Italian Wedding Soup...


Start by making your meatballs using your favorite meatball recipe.
I mixed together ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper and a little water 
and form them into tiny meatballs.

Here's what I started with this morning, I didn't count but it's a lot!

Don't worry, they all don't go in the soup!  I like to plan ahead.
This amount will make enough tiny meatballs for about 4 recipes of soup.


Brown them in a little bit of oil.
If you're making a lot like I did, you'll want to do this in batches...



Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towel to drain... 



Fill a pot with two containers of chicken broth.
Add chopped carrots, celery and your meatballs to the broth.
I added about 20 meatballs to this recipe. 


Add some frozen spinach, about a third of the package.
BUT please don't tell my children it's spinach, okay?  They think it's just parsley.
You can also add fresh spinach but then my kids wouldn't believe it was parsley.  
So for now, I add frozen spinach.  


I let the soup cook for about an hour or so until the meatballs
 are cooked through and the carrots and celery are tender.

About 20 minutes before you're ready to serve the soup, cook some pasta 
to add to your soup in a separate pot of boiling water.

When the pasta is done, drain and add to the soup. I used these tiny little "bow ties."
In the past I've added cheese tortellini, DELICIOUS!


Here's the soup, all done.


Doesn't that look GOOD?
Top your bowl of soup with some fresh Parmesan cheese.


So...
What did I do with the rest of the meatballs?
I divided them into three different piles, wrapped in aluminum foil, placed in a freezer bag...


Now the next time I want to make Italian Wedding Soup, 
I just go to my freezer, take a package of mini meatballs out and start the soup.


Let me know if you make the soup!

ENJOY!

I am linking this recipe up with Tasty Thursdays.  

13 comments :

  1. It does look good right now but you lost me when you mentioned spinach. Sorry I can not do that ingredient.
    Hugs

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  2. Saw you started following my blog, www.sewwhatscookingwithjoan.com, so I came over to take a peek! This soup looks yummy!! I will definately be making this one!! Cheers! JJ

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  3. The soup looks and sounds delicious!

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  4. I love this soup, but never made it at home...now I can! It looks divine :)

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  5. Freezing the meatballs ahead for next time is brilliant! You make it look so easy. I'll have to give this a try next time I make chicken stock.

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  6. There is something so satisfying about a bowl of soup on a cold day. This one looks very tasty.
    -Karen

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  7. There is something so satisfying about a bowl of soup on a cold day. This one looks very tasty.
    -Karen

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  8. Like your new blog look. And I pinned that to make some time. Yum.

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  9. Thanks for all your yummy recipes, Lois! Making the meatballs ahead of time is smart! :)

    Hope you and your family have a blessed 2013!

    Tammy

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  10. This hardy soup make full meal.

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  11. Looks good! I make mine with browned sliced beef sausage and cheese filled ravioli...it's good, too!

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  12. I saw this on your Facebook page, and had to come over to get a closer look! I love, love the use of the tiny bow tie pasta! It's cold and rainy here today....perfect weather for this soup! Thanks! :)
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

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  13. Your blog about Italian food is really awesome. I like various cuisine food very much. I like Italian culture, tradition, italian food etc . Last summer I have visited Italy as well as I have visited Italian restaurant. I like to drive Italian road at night . I have enjoyed Italian food very much.

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