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Italian Wedding Soup

One would think that Italian Wedding Soup is served at well, a wedding

In fact, the translation in Italian is “married soup”

Makes sense… it’s a marriage of meat and vegetables

I personally think this soup is delicious enough to serve at a wedding and I’m certainly making it for our next family gathering

As we typically do, I’m using ground turkey in place of ground beef, but feel free to use whichever you prefer

I’m have assembled 2 pounds of ground turkey meat, 1 medium onion, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup of plain breadcrumb, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, kosher salt and black pepper

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Add all ingredients to a large bowl and gently mix by hand

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I like to use a cookie scoop to measure out the meatballs so they’re evenly sized.  I also like to enlist the help of a sous chef (or my daughter Marin) to help with the rolling

Add two 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with their juice to a large stockpot along with two 28 ounce containers of chicken broth.  Stir and bring to a simmer over medium high heat

Add the meatballs and simmer until they float about 7-9 minutes

While you’re waiting for the meatballs to float, let’s get our greens prepped.  I like kale for soups because it’s a sturdier green and it holds up well, but you can certainly use spinach, escarole, Swiss chard, whatever you prefer

I’m using a LARGE bunch of kale.   Don’t be afraid to over-green… because it will all cook down.  Remove the stems and cut into bite size pieces

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I added the kale in 2 batches… I put as much as I can fit in the pot, stir and wait a minute or two until it starts to wilt, then add in the rest

It can take 5 – 7 minutes to completely wilt, depending upon the green you choose.  Just pluck one out and taste it.  The greens should be tender but still have some texture

Gently stir and re-season with kosher salt and black pepper and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese & crushed red pepper if desired

I’m pretty sure if I went to a wedding and this was on the menu, I’d be pretty happy!  Congrats to the lucky ingredients!

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Enjoy!

Simply Sundays! ~ Italian Wedding Soup

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

2 pounds of ground turkey meat

1 medium onion

4 minced garlic cloves

2 beaten eggs

1 cup of plain breadcrumb

1/2 cup Parmesan

1 tablespoon of fresh parsley

kosher salt and black pepper

2 – 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with their juice

2 –  28 ounce containers of chicken broth

Large bunch of kale (or greens of your preference)

Freshly shaved Parmesan and crushed red pepper for serving

Directions

Chop 1 medium onion,mince 4 garlic cloves, beat 2 eggs, and add to a large mixing bowl along with 2 pounds of ground turkey meat,  1 cup of plain breadcrumb, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, and a healthy pinch of kosher salt and black pepper; gently mix by hand

Use a cookie scoop to measure out the meatballs so they’re evenly sized and roll into balls

Add two 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with their juice to a large stockpot along with two 28 ounce containers of chicken broth.  Stir and bring to a simmer over medium high heat

Add the meatballs and simmer until they float about 7-9 minutes

While you’re waiting for the meatballs to float, remove the stems from the kale and cut into bite size pieces

Add the kale in 2 batches… put as much as you can fit, stir and wait a minute or two until it starts to wilt, then add in the rest

It can take 5 – 7 minutes to completely wilt, the greens should be tender but still have some texture

Gently stir and re-season with kosher salt and black pepper and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese & crushed red pepper if desired

Tools used to make this recipe

Royal Classique 10 Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set with Soft Silicone Handles for Easy Grip

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display, 11-Pound

Duralex – Lys Stackable Clear Bowl 6 cm (2 3/8 in.) Set of 4

Pyrex Prepware 4-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl, Clear

Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Cookie Pan Set

Cuisinart 766-24 Chef’s Classic 8-Quart Stockpot with Cover

Simply Bamboo 20 X 14 Valencia Bamboo Cutting Board w/ Juice Groove

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