Italian Wedding Soup Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

If you've never had Italian Wedding Soup, you're missing out! The term "wedding soup" comes from the Italian phrase "minestra maritata" or "married soup," which is a reference to the flavors produced by the "marriage"  or combination of greens and meat. We'll be the first to tell you, it certainly is a beautiful and delizioso "marriage"! 

Ingredients

Meatballs




  • 8 oz lean ground beef
  • 8 oz ground pork
  • 1/2 cup panko or italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan, shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Soup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups carrots, diced
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup celery, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14.5 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 6 oz fresh spinach, chopped
  • Fresh Parmesan, shredded

How To Make

STEP 1: Make the meatballs. Add beef and pork to a large mixing bowl. Add in bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, parmesan, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Gently combine and shape mixture into very small meatballs. 

STEP 2: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs to skillet and cook until browned, turning occasionally to brown on all sides, about 4 minutes (note: meatballs will finish cooking in soup). Transfer meatballs to a paper towel lined plate. 

STEP 3: While meatballs are browning, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onions and celery, cook stirring occasionally until veggies have softened about 6 - 8 minutes, add garlic and cook until fragrant. About 1 minute.

STEP 4: Add chicken broth to pot, season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil. Add in orzo and meatballs, reduce heat to simmer. 

STEP 5: Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender and meatballs have cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the spinach, stirring until wilted and combined. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately. 

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