Archive for March, 2019

My big fat Italian wedding

March 1, 2019

Italian wedding soup has been always one of my favorite soups. I’ve never really made it before (that I recall, haha) but tonight my daughter asked me to make it and I looked up a good recipe. Of course I found one by Giada that was healthy with no pasta, which defeats the whole purpose. So I used her recipe but then I did add the pasta. The pasta is what really made the dish you could use any small pasta but this specific pasta – Acini de Pepe is really good. Once it cooks the size of the pasta is like little small pearls and it makes the soup creamy and delicious. It was a quick and easy dinner to make and the meatballs were also delicious with the grated onion and garlic – something I don’t usually put in my meatballs. So if you’ve always loved Italian Wedding Soup don’t get a can of it, make your own and you’ll be happy you did!

Italian Wedding Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano grated
  • 8 oz lean ground beef (I just used 1lb beef only)
  • 8 oz ground pork
  • 12 cups chicken broth (use low sodium if you prefer)
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach (I used a bag of fresh)
  • approx 6-8 oz of Acini de Pepe or other tiny pasta (I used half a small 1lb box of De Cecco Acini de Pepe)
  • Grated Pecorino Romano and crusty bread for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Then add the meat. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs, and place on a baking sheet. I make my meatballs small so there are more of them, but it’s up to you.
  2. To make the soup: Bring the broth and spinach to a boil in a large pot. Add the meatballs (uncooked) and simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure they don’t stick. Add the pasta and continue cooking at a low boil until both the pasta and meatballs are cooked (approx 20 minutes, seems a bit long but the pasta will expand and get tender). Season with salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with cheese before serving, if you wish.