|Italian wedding soup|
My mother made wedding soup for special occasions while I was growing up and I did not have the appreciation for the soup that I do now. It does take awhile to make (in part because I make my chicken broth from scratch). I think it makes a big difference with this soup (I always think that
homemade chicken broth make a difference and is worth the extra time).
|All the ingredients for a great broth|
To make the chicken broth, I take chicken quarters (I really like Smart Chicken) and cover them with chicken broth and water. I throw in some celery, onion, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, and cook for about 45 minutes then remove the chicken, celery onion and carrots from the broth. The chicken can be used in another recipe.
|The meatballs are ready for the soup|
- 2 lbs (1 kg) of Beef (or a mixture of beef and pork)
- 2 Slices of White Bread with Crust Soaked in 3/4 Cup (180 ml) of Milk
- 1 Large Egg, Beaten
- 1-2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tsp of Salt
- 1/2 Tsp of Black Pepper
- 1/2 Cup (57g) Parmesan Cheese, Grated
- 1/3 Cup (20 g) Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
At last it is time to make the soup. Into the chicken broth I add a package of frozen chopped spinach, 1/3 cup (20 g) of chopped flat leaf (Italian) parsley, and the meatballs. At this point you may want to add more salt and pepper. Simmer until the spinach and meatballs are cooked about 8-10 minutes. In a separate bowl whisk two eggs and 1/2 cup (57 g) of Parmesan cheese. Stir the soup in a circular motion and slowly add the egg cheese mixture to the moving soup. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper and serve. You can always add more shredded Parmesan cheese to the top of the soup (I do).
Enjoy the soup and stay warm.