Souper Sundays – Italian Wedding Soup

*By: Linz Bordner*

No other soup says romance like Italian Wedding Soup. Mini meatballs, delicate broth, and whimsical round pasta are the standouts of this timeless dish.

Photo: Linz Bordner

Here is a great recipe from one of my favorite chef’s, Giada de Laurentiis, who is a trusted source when it comes to any Italian fare. We added acini de pepe pasta to the recipe because, well, we love pasta! if you have a hard time finding acini de pepe, then orzo will work fine too!

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

· 1 small onion, grated

· 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

· 1 large egg

· 1 teaspoon minced garlic

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces

· ½ cup grated Parmesan

· 8 ounces ground beef

· 8 ounces ground pork

· Freshly ground black pepper

Soup:

· 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth

· 1 cup dry acini de pepe or orzo pasta

· 1-pound curly endive, coarsely chopped (or substitute 1-pound of escarole)

· 2 large eggs

· 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish

· Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

1. To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in cheese, beef and pork. Using 1 ½ teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.

2. To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the pasta, meatballs and curly endive and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the curly endive is tender, about 8 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin strands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Top with parmesan cheese if desired.

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