Italian Wedding Soup
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, grated
4 T. grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
2 T. bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. oregano
2 egg whites
Combine all ingredients and shape into small (1/2″) meatballs. Refrigerate for a few hours it helps to set the shape so they didn’t fall apart in the soup. I made mine the day before.
Place 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a stockpot and cover well with water. Bring to a boil and boil until completely cooked. Shred chicken and set aside. Empty water from stockpot. Or use leftover chicken from a previous meal!
2 T. butter
1 small onion, diced
1/2 c. sliced carrots (approximately 2 carrots)
1/2 c. sliced celery (approximately 2 stalks)
2 clove minced garlic
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme if you have it. It's delicious without it!
12 c. chicken broth
Salt & pepper to taste
Rind from Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 c. acini di pepi or other small pasta
12 - 16 oz. fresh spinach
Melt butter in stockpot. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic, thyme and cook until veggies are tender, but not too soft.
Add chicken broth and cheese rind of using, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down, cover and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Drop in meatballs and cook about 7 minutes. Add pasta and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Add spinach and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add in shredded chicken. Cover again and allow to simmer for another 30 minutes or so. You can eat as soon as the chicken is re-heated, but allowing it to simmer for a little longer allows the flavors to meld together. Remove any cheese rind not dissolved yet.
I served this with a loaf of garlic bread using a French baguette sliced in half and brushed with melted butter simmered with minced garlic in it and then sprinkled the top with Italian seasoning and broiled. There wasn't much talking going on as everyone was too busy enjoying the meal! And there were leftovers for another night!
This post is part of Weekend Cooking over at Beth Fish Reads. Stop over and see what else is on the stove!