ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

Oh Fall. You are probably my favorite season. The changing leaves that are crisp under your feet, sweaters and boots, tea on cozy afternoons, whisky on a brisk evening and my true favorite the return of soups and stews to dinner time. Really what is not to love?! It is a magical time where you get to enjoy all the good things about chilly weather, without that nasty four letter word that I dare not name out of fear it will appear – I do live in Alberta after all!soup, dinner, italian, wedding, meatballs, pasta

For a chilly week night soup is such a great dinner option – healthy, inexpensive, can be put together quickly, and is almost always guaranteed to taste better the next day (yay left overs!).

But if I’m being honest when I eat a vegetable soup for dinner I kind of feel cheated and slightly unsatisfied. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy them – curried cauliflower soup delicious! I just miss the meat and carbs. Which is probably why I enjoy Italian Wedding Soup so much. Tasty little meatballs, beans, bits of pasta and the goodness of vegetables for a well balanced meal.

My Italian Wedding Soup is an amalgamation of a few recipes, that is hearty and healthy. Added in lots of vegetables, used pork as a lean meat, and low sodium broth. The soup keeps well for a few days in the fridge and freezes well but for no more than 3 months.

Enjoy!

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ pound ground pork
  • ⅓ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershiresalt & pepperSoup
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of kale, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup of orecchiette pasta
  • ½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese

Instructions
 

  • Combine pork, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, parsley, oregano, garlic, Worcestershire, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to firm up. With damp hands, shape the mixture into small 1-inch meatballs (about 1 small tablespoon each).
  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides,
  • 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.To prepare soup: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent,
  • 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in broth, beans, pasta and the meatballs and any juice..
  • Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
  • Add kale and stir occasionally, until the vegetables are tender,
  • 20 to 25 minutes.To serve top each portion with 1 tablespoon grated cheese

Do you have any favorite fall soup recipes? Feel free to comment and share. Thanks

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