Italian Wedding Soup

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Ingredients

  • small onion, minced
  • 1/4 Cup  Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon  dried parsley
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • large eggs
  • 1/2 Pound  ground beef
  • 1/2 Pound  ground pork
  • 12 Cups  low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1 Pound  escarole, chopped
  •   Olive, as needed
  •   Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to aste
  •   Parmesan cheese, for garnish

As an Italian, I love making this soup in the morning and letting it simmer throughout the day. Sometimes I use beef meatballs and other times I use ground turkey.  It really depends on what I have on hand or what I'm in the mood for.  Either way this is a delicous and hearty soup to enjoy for lunch or dinner (even a snack).

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Directions

To make the meatballs, stir together the onion, breadcrumbs, dried herbs, garlic, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of salt, and pepper, to taste. Add the beef and the pork and combine well.

Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs and set aside on a baking sheet.

In a large stockpot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to high. Add the meatballs and brown for about 1 minute each side, careful not to cook them all the way through. Remove from the pot and set on a baking sheet to rest.

Add the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Carefully drop in the meatballs and let them simmer for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Add the escarole. When you are ready to serve, whisk the last two eggs in a small bowl and add to the broth, stirring quickly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serving with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

332 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

17%

Servings:

8
  • Fat 18g 28%
  • Carbs 19g 6%
  • Saturated 6g 31%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 8g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 22g 45%
  • Cholesterol 121mg 40%
  • Sodium 690mg 29%
  • Calcium 55mg 6%
  • Magnesium 36mg 9%
  • Potassium 711mg 20%
  • Iron 2mg 13%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 254mg 36%
  • Vitamin A 36µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 6%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 28%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 32%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 25%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 57µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 6%
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