Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup
Staff Writer

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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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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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
56g
80%
Sugar
54g
60%
Saturated Fat
15g
63%
Cholesterol
92mg
31%
Carbohydrate, by difference
58g
45%
Protein
65g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
60µg
9%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
29mg
39%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
31µg
34%
Calcium, Ca
606mg
61%
Choline, total
370mg
87%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
110µg
28%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
193mg
60%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
628mg
90%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
100µg
100%
Sodium, Na
71713mg
100%
Water
94g
3%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Italian Wedding Soup Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Wedding Soup Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.