Friday, January 6, 2012

Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

I've been sick all week with a bad cold and have had one thing on my mind (besides sleep...and soft tissues): soup!!  So, last night I ventured into the kitchen to try out a new recipe for my all-time favorite soup: Italian Wedding!  It was a hit...and we'll have leftovers for a few days!

For the Meatballs: (Recipe from the kitchen of Maryellen Aland)
  • 1 lb of veal pork and beef (it comes in a pack of 3)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3/4 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 c grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 tbsp parsley 
Mix all ingredients together.  Form mini-meatballs with your hands.  Fill bottom of pan with oil and cook through on each side until they darken fully. (Note: I made the mini-meatballs with about one-half to three-quarters of the meat, and made regular meatballs to freeze with the rest!)

For the Soup: (Recipe from Ina Garten) 

  • 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 homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup small pasta such as tubetini or stars
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh dill
  • 12 ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed
Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and saute 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.



  1. love soup! and it freezes so well! I'll have to add this to list for this week! =)

  2. Thanks Laura! I love soup too... Hope you're able to make it one night this week!

  3. I'm making your meatballs tonight with sauce, can't wait to try it out!