Posted by: Deana | February 8, 2011

Italian Wedding Soup

I found this recipe over at made in melissa’s kitchen (her source was Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics); the soup was delicious and both Z and I really enjoyed it.  To simplify the recipe (and keep from being on my feet too long in the kitchen, not very fun these days) I used frozen meatballs  we had from Costco.

Italian Wedding Soup

Meatballs:

  • 3/4 pound ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound chicken sausage, casings removed and crumbled, or finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots (3 carrots), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup diced celery (2 stalks), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 10 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup small pasta such as tubetini, stars or orzo
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh dill (optional, I omitted)
  • 12 ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the meatballs, place the ground chicken, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1 to 1 1/4-inch meatballs onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (You should have about 40 meatballs. They don’t have to be perfectly round.) Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.

In the meantime, for the soup, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and sauté until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil. Add the pasta to the simmering broth and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Add the fresh dill and then the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute. Taste for salt and pepper. Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for 1 minute, until the spinach is just wilted. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan.

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