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Sunday Slow Soupers--Italian Wedding Soup


This recipe came from Terry, and it is really delicious. A chicken broth enriched with vegetables, adorable little meatballs, and tasty orzo that soaks up the flavor of the broth. I doubled the meatball recipe so I could freeze half. I'll definitely be making this again!

I used half turkey and half ground beef; skipped the bacon, and baked the meatballs. I ran out of arugula, so used half arugula and half spinach.

Italian Wedding SoupMeatballs:

2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound ground turkey (or ground meat of choice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
spices: 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt

Mix everything together, and roll into 1″ balls. Saute in the olive oil until lightly browned on the outside. Set aside.

Soup ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 cloves minced garlic
3 diced strips of turkey bacon (or regular bacon) (I skipped this)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Marsala wine
2 quarts of chicken stock
1 cup orzo
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 fresh leaves of basil, chopped
3 cups of arugula (I also used spinach)

1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano for garnish

Saute the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in large soup pot for 5 - 6 minutes. Add the turkey bacon and the balsamic vinegar, and let all the flavors mix and blend.

Add the Marsala and let this cook down a little. When it is almost evaporated, add the chicken stock, orzo, meatballs, and oregano. Simmer this for about 15 minutes, til the orzo is soft.

Add the basil and arugula and cook for about 1 more minute. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmigiano for garnish.

Comments (1)

Mmmmmmmm, I love Italian wedding soup. I'd never eaten it until a couple of years ago and now it's my favorite.
Thanks for posting this...the photo is a beaut!

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