Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Italian Wedding Soup..

I don't follow any "written" recipe.
This is my version of Italian Wedding Soup.

Start by making your meatballs.
Again, use your favorite meatball recipe.
I mixed together ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt and pepper
 with a little bit of water.
Only you want to form them into tiny meatballs.

Here's what I started with this morning.
I didn't count but it's a lot!

Don't worry, they all don't go in the soup!
I like to plan ahead.
This amount will make enough tiny meatballs 
for about 4 recipes of soup.

Brown them in a little bit of oil.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towel to drain.
If you're making a lot, you'll want to do this in batches. 

Fill a pot with two containers of chicken broth.
Add chopped carrots, celery and your meatballs to the broth.
I added about 20 meatballs to this recipe.  
Add some frozen spinach, about a third of the package.
BUT please don't tell my children it's spinach, okay?
They think it's just parsley.
You can also add fresh spinach but then my kids wouldn't 
believe it was parsley.  
So for now, I add frozen spinach.  

I let the soup cook for about an hour or so until the meatballs
 are cooked through and the carrots and celery are tender.
About 20 minutes before you're ready to serve the soup,
 cook some pasta to add to your soup
in a separate pot of boiling water.
When the pasta is done, drain and add to the soup.
I used these tiny little "bow ties."
In the past I've added cheese tortellini, DELICIOUS!

Here's the soup, all done.

Doesn't that look GOOD?
Top your bowl of soup with some fresh Parmesan cheese.
What did I do with the rest of the meatballs?
I divided them into three different piles,
wrapped in aluminum foil, placed in a freezer bag.

Now the next time I want to make Italian Wedding Soup, 
I just go to my freezer, take a package of mini meatballs out and start the soup.

Let me know if you make the soup!



  1. Hi Lois,
    Ummmm that soup sounds good! I love to make my meatballs and freeze them, then I can have them anytime I want!! Cause we love spaghetti and meatballs as well.
    That sounds very easy to make too, once you have the meat a balls done!! lol
    Putting tortellini in sounds even better.
    I made some sort of soup years back that was chicken and I put tortellini in it, and it was a hit, but can't find the recipe anywhere!!
    Figures!! lol

    Will certainly have to give it a try soon.
    Have a good one,
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

  2. Okay, I LOVE that your kids think spinach is parsley!!! That is fabulous. That's like my husband thinking squash is really pureed carrots. (He's worse than a kid about food. hahahaha!)

  3. Morning Lois,
    Thanks for coming by and for your sweet comments as always.

    You should definitely check out Hobby Lobby you will love love love it, I am sure!!
    Did you read my post from the day before Thankful Thursday?? I told more about it and it is a christian owned and operated store.
    check her out, you want be sorry!!
    Blessings for a good day and weekend,

  4. These meatballs are making my mouth water!

  5. This sounds so good! I've never tried making homemade before but this sounds easy. I'll have to use the frozen spinach too or there is no way the kids or hubby for that matter would even try it.
    Thanks for sharing.