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Italian Wedding Soup,Oh So Good
Italian Wedding Soup, What a Marriage
Pull up a chair and join me with a bowl of Italian Wedding Soup, which is one of my very favorite soups. I don't make it all the time as it can be a bit time consuming to make, but well worth it. It's down home comfort food for me, and makes me feel all toasty inside. Also in it's own way can be a bit rich in flavor. 'Oh but just the taste of those tiny meatballs and Acini De Pepe Pasta sends my taste buds into a heaven of their own. And this soup is inexpensive to make as well. My grandkids even like it! So onto making this tasty soup. I would also like to mention, you can make the meatballs with ground turkey instead of Hamburger if you like.
Ingredients: For Meatballs
1 lb. of Hamburger
1 onion grated fine ( I use a mini chopper )
** 1/3 cup of chopped fresh parsley
** 1 large egg
** 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
** salt & pepper to taste
** Bread crumbs, about 1/2 cup
** 1/2 of cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape the meatballs into very tiny bite sized balls. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and place the meatballs on it, bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. You may have to use one or more cookie sheets if you plan on making extra meatballs and freezing them, like I do. ( and of course you will double the recipe), and by making extra meatball to freeze, you will save money and time. And you can grab them out of the freezer anytime you need meatballs for something else. Then I make them in batches. Remove from the oven and place the meatballs on a plate which you have placed a paper towel to drain them. Meantime onto the base of the soup.
** 1 1/2 bags frozen spinach. ( Thawed). ( you can use fresh endive as well )
** 1 large onion chopped
*** Minced garlic to taste. ( I save time by using minced garlic in a jar)
** 2 large cans Chicken Broth, plus bullion cubes if need for extra flavor
** 1lb box Acini De Pepe, only use half the box
** 3 eggs
** 1/4 plus 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese
Start by getting a big soup pot on the stove, place the chopped onions in the pot and add about an inch of water in it, saute the onions till halfway soft, then add the thawed spinach with one can of the the broth to start with, bring to a mild simmer, when the spinach is somewhat tender, add the meatballs to warn then up, as this is going on , put the other can of chicken broth into the pot, then in a separate pot, put some water and about 3 chicken cubes bring to boil, add the Acini De Pepe, cook for about 5 minutes, then drain, next add it right to the soup pot. let this simmer for about 1/2 hour. Next it's time to Marry the soup! This is why it is called Italian Wedding Soup.
At the last minute you will make the last part of the soup. In a small bowl mix the 3 eggs and cheese with a whisk, when that is done, blend the egg mixture into the soup in a circular motion with the whisk, gently swirling it through the soup. And you are done and ready to serve.
Then you can have it with anything you like, Italian bread, biscuits, rolls, crackers, or even cornbread for a bit of sweetness! This soup is even better the next day! You can use it as a starter for a meal as well, but keep in mind Italian Wedding Soup is very filling. You can even pare it with a salad, and it makes a satisfying meal. So gather up the family and some friends and have a nice comforting meal soon. And don't forget to make a light desert to go with it. Homemade cream puffs are really good with this soup. If you would like that recipe, click here. http://lucybell21.hubpages.com/hub/Whip-Up-Some-Light-As-A-Cloud-Cream-Puffs . Thanks for reading, and enjoy.