Thursday, November 13, 2014

Italian Wedding Soup

In Colorado it seems like we skip fall and jump straight into winter. It was amazing this week to go from a lovely 60 degrees Monday morning and then to -8 degrees overnight on Wednesday. It snowed all day on Wednesday, that means soup!

A few weeks ago I made homemade chicken stock that I was anxious to use up.  This recipe is perfect for it! There are many recipes and adaptations of Italian Wedding Soup.  This one I developed with our tastes in mind.  It's a little more spicy than traditional.

Italian Wedding Soup



Ingredients:

For the meatballs:
1 lb ground pork
1/2 C almond meal**
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
1/2 C grated parmesan
1 large egg, beaten
salt and pepper

For the soup:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 C onion, chopped
1 C carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3-4 gloves of garlic, minced
10 C homemade chicken stock
1/2 C dry white wine (optional)
Couple of dashes of favorite hot sauce (optional)
12 oz baby spinach 
Parmesan cheese for serving

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients for meatballs and roll into roughly 1" spheres (they don't have to be perfect!)
  3. On a lined sheetpan, bake meatballs for 30 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, saute onion, carrots, and celery in olive oil until tender, about 5-6 minutes
  5. Add in garlic and cook 1 minute more until fragrant
  6. Pour in wine if using and scrape the bits
  7. Add in chicken stock, then bring to boil.
  8. Reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes
  9. Add meatballs and simmer 1 minute
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  11. Add in hot sauce if using to taste
  12. Add in spinach and stir until wilted
  13. Serve with grated parmesan
This would be delicious with some crusty bread for dipping!

**Feel free to replace with bread crumbs

This recipe can also be adapted for the slow cooker.  Simply make the meatballs ahead of time and either freeze or keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.  Put the soup ingredients (minus the spinach) in the slow cooker and cook on low 8 hours. In last 30-45 minutes of cooking add the meatballs.  In last 10 minutes of cooking, add spinach.

Enjoy!