Sunday, May 30, 2010

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup is one of my favorites.  There are endless variations on this soup, but the focus is on the bite-sized meatballs, and greens which include spinach or kale and dill.  Although, the name may be misleading, and you may assume that this soup is served at Italian weddings, which sounds good to me, it actually is a mistranslation of minestra maritata, which translated means the "marriage" of the greens and meat in the soup.

This is a hearty soup that can be served up anytime of year.  More importantly, it is healthy, easy to prepare, can be made to serve a crowd, which means it is perfect for freezing and enjoying later.

I would encourage you to use a homemade chicken stock as it really adds a level of depth that canned stock cannot match.

As a side note, for the first time, I purchased grass fed organic beef to prepare the meatballs.  The beef is defnitely leaner and has a slightly grassier flavor.  I am immediately reminded that cows eat grass, not corn as used in commercial beef processing.  



Italian Wedding Soup
Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:
1 pound ground round
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
3-4 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
Kosher salt 
Freshly ground pepper

For the Soup:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
10-12 cups homemade stock or canned
3/4 cups small pasta (e.g. orzo)
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
12 ounces fresh baby spinach

Directions:
Combine the ground meat, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Mix well. Form into bite-sized meatballs.  Bake on a cookie sheet for approximately 30 minutes at 350 Degrees.

Meanwhile bring stock to a boil.  Add spinach, carrots, celery and pasta.  Cook until tender.  Add meatballs to hot stock, bring to a simmer.  Add dill. Simmer a few more minutes.
Serve.

Enjoy!




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60 comments:

Big Dude said...

I've been wanting to make this for the past couple of years but never seem to get to it. Yours sure does look good and might inspire me the next time we're in the soup mood.

Subhie Arun said...

its looks gud dear..i lov this....it surely will inspire me for next soup dish in my kitchen...thx dear

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a delicious, and healthy soup. Just perfect! I agree - cows eat grass and should not eat corn. Grass fed beef is definitely the way to go. Happy Memorial Day!

Joy said...

O yum what a marvellous soup!

Pam said...

That is a gorgeous bowl of soup. We purchased a side of beef, that was all grass-fed. It was an adjustment in learning how to cook with it, since it was so lean.

Angie's Recipes said...

The soup looks very delicious! Everything homemade, definitely fresh and yummy!

Lucia from Madison said...

I love that soup. It is so comforting. And I agree on using homemade stock.

dinnersanddreams said...

sO DELICIOUS. i HAVE THIS EVERYTIME i GO TO MY FAVORITE iTALIAN PLACE.

Andy said...

I love wedding soup -- i sometimes make it with ground chicken meatballs too...I never thought of using kale vs. spinach (kale is my new favorite veggie!)
--Andy

Claudia said...

This is indeed a most wonderfuly soup - all ingredients marrying so well together. Your looks simply scrumptious.

Chow and Chatter said...

this looks first class yum

Julie said...

I love wedding soup! I've never made it. Can't wait to give it a try. Hope you are having a good holiday weekend.

Pam said...

This looks delicious, love it! The colors are great also. Have a good day!

doggybloggy said...

one of my favorites....

Chef E said...

Never had this before I moved to New Jersey- its one of the most popular soups here! I made it a few months ago, soup is my middle name, well one of them :)

Drick said...

this is probably my favorite soup, the marriage of meatballs, homemade chicken stock and spinach are a true blessing

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This looks delicious. I have everything on hand and it is a cold, rainy day. Love your rich broth.

Anncoo said...

I love this soup. Looks so comforting :)

Sandi said...

that looks fabulous Velva!!! really really wonderful

From the Kitchen said...

I don't have a recipe for Italian wedding soup and have been wanting to try it. This looks and sounds delicious. The weather never gets too warm to discourage me from putting on the soup pot. Thanks, Velva!

Best,
Bonnie

dutchbaby said...

I love Italian wedding soup and this recipe looks delicious. I never knew about the mistranslation of the name - very interesting!

Faith said...

This looks delicious! It's one of my favorite soups also, and I agree, it's perfect any time of year.

tasteofbeirut said...

My mother used to make a version of this soup and we loved it; now my daughter loves it; I have never made the meatballs and now I am tempted!
Yours looks so tempting!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Homemade broth does make all the difference in achieving depth of flavor. This looks like a great soup for me to try with turkey meatballs.

We Are Not Martha said...

One of my all-time favorite soups! But for some reason, I've never made my own... I've bookmarked this and am planning on making a big batch and freezing lots!

Sues

Dishesdone said...

Your soup looks delicious! My family would love it, saving your recipe! Definitely will make this one soon!

3 hungry tummies said...

That is a wonderfully hearty soup! Perfect for our chilly nights here.

MaryMoh said...

That's such a delicious looking soup. Makes me want to eat many bowls. The colour is just gorgeous!

TKW said...

Italian Wedding Soup is one of my favorite soups of all time. Yours looks absolutely perfect.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

We love this soup. My soup kettle is put away for summer, but once the temps dip again-- I'm making more chicken stock. You're so right, in that homemade is best. As for grass fed beef...it's more expensive, but what a difference!
Lucky you.

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Oh mercy, I adore your header photo with its tomato vine. Did you draw that?

I feel sorry for those that have glazed over eyes when you start talking about food. I see a new Food Network star in the making... YOU!!!! Your show needs to follow Alton Brown's.

Your photos are stupendous and why not, look at the subject... Mouthwatering...

Thank you for stopping by with your heart felt words, very touching.

Have a blessed Memorial Day.

teresa said...

great post, i really did think this was a soup served at italian weddings! it looks just delish!

Barbara said...

I watched a cooking show called Lyon in the Kitchen and he made his grandmother's Italian wedding soup. I was so intrigued, but never made it. I remember the little meat balls he made.
This recipe sounds lovely, Velva. I'm going to copy it for my file and make it when the weather is less hot and humid here in Florida!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

:-), cows eat grass! It looks delish!

bobbinis-kitchen.com said...

What a delicacy!
I like this hearty soup you have prepared!

bye

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Velva, this soup is heavenly. When I was in Italy, in Vernazza on the Cinqua Terra circuit, I had a soup very similar. I was enchanted with the TRUE flavors of all the ingredients in the simple, yet elegant soup. We sat on the Piazza overlooking the Ligurian sea eating this wonderful meal, topped of with cantalope gelato. Heaven.

Thank you for coming by to visit today! Cheers! Anita'

P.S. Have you ever had tomato bread soup? Ohhhhhhhh....killer diller good! Basic tomato soup with chunks of bread cooked into it, like a sort of hot, true gazpacho.

ENJOY!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Oh my goodness Velva! I believe I could eat this everyday.

Raina said...

This is one of my favorite soups, and yours looks and sounds delicious. I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks:)

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

This soup looks wonderful! I have a ton of dill and spinach from my CSA share, so this is perfect. Yum! And I love the freezing tip - making huge batches of soup and freezing it is one of my favorite things.

Susan Fields said...

That is so interesting that the grass fed organic beef has a different flavor than corn fed commercial beef. I love to see cows grazing in the fields, I wish they could all do that. I'll look for the grass fed organic beef at my supermarket.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks and sounds beautiful! Like spring in a bowl! :D

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It sounds wonderful! I am new to your blog....followed a side post from Diane at Lavender Dreamer. I will add you to my Google Reader. Thanks for the recipe!
Penny

girlichef said...

This is one of those things I've always meant to make...but haven't. It looks so good...and yes, love grass-fed beef, the flavor is great! =) NUM, NUM.

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's a good looking soup. I luv orzo. Never thought about adding the dill.....

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I just had Italian wedding soup in the cafe of one of my favorite nurseries while I was plant shopping a couple of weeks ago. I've never tried making it myself but your recipe is being saved because it looks so good!

buffalodick said...

You don't see it much around here, but it sure looks and sounds good!

Kim said...

This is a soup that I've been wanting to make for some time now. I love that you used the orzo. It looks beautiful Velva!

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Looks beautiful and delicious! Perfect for the cold spring we've been having here in Seattle.

Ana Powell said...

This looks delicious.
Great recipe ♥

Pierce said...

Velva – I am a big fan of Italian Wedding soup but never thought about the origin of the name. So, a good recipe and I learned something too. Cool! By the way, I have not been to get the Limoncello yet but payday is this Friday – so…..

Kait said...

I love Italian wedding soup and your version looks delicious. Do you ever feel like you can't make enough meatballs because somehow, they always disappear way too fast.

Hungry Dog said...

I love Italian wedding soup! One of my favorites. And I couldn't agree more about using homemade stock--it really makes all the difference.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Wow. Thanks for the explanation!

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Sounds delicious--a nice, fresh soup to make with the finest ingredients, to make them stand out!

Sook said...

I love that you put orzo in your wedding soup! A great idea!

knk said...

lovely soup i love it its delicious i love soups

5 Star Foodie said...

Your wedding soup looks just lovely, so yumy with orzo!

Mimi said...

Fabulous soup,and you don't even have to be Italian to enjoy it.
Mimi

Ingrid said...

This is soup is a fave with my family. I've not made it with my own meatballs. I'm certain that makes it even better.

Happy Friday!
~ingrid

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love your new look! Very classy. I see you DO have feedburner - but the subscribe by e-mail option which is available from them, is not activated... Did you see the video for this soup on our friend's site - That Jew Can Cook? You should compare the two recipes. I am going to. They both look fab - just like I compared your Sunday Sauces... mine is posted now - crediting you - please take a look and give me pointers.
:)
Valerie

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