Italian Wedding Soup

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Italian Wedding Soup
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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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8
Servings
335
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
28%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
31%
Cholesterol
121mg
40%
Protein
22g
45%
Carbs
20g
7%
Vitamin A
37µg
4%
Vitamin B12
1µg
16.4%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
25.3%
Vitamin C
4mg
6%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.4mg
2.1%
Vitamin K
8µg
9%
Calcium
62mg
6%
Fiber
3g
10%
Folate (food)
55µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
59µg
15%
Folic acid
3µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
14%
Magnesium
39mg
10%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
9mg
43%
Phosphorus
256mg
37%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
731mg
21%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
31.8%
Sodium
1179mg
49%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
28.6%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
18%

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