Yummy! This is one of the best soups I have ever made...seriously! I love chicken vegetable soup and I love meatballs, so this is like combining everything that is great about them both. The kids LOVE it because of the mini meatballs, plus you are sneaking extra veggies into their diet. Normally, my toddler wouldn't be caught dead eating onions, tomatoes, celery, or spinach; however, if I put them in a soup he seems to scarf them right down - no questions asked. Weird, right? My husband really enjoyed this recipe too. And since the meatballs cook right in the broth, it makes for such a great one pot meal! Add a salad or some crusty bread if you want, but I felt no need. Incredibly delicious and easy enough to make during the week! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
1-Pot Italian Wedding Soup
recipe is an original recipe based on these two internet finds:
For the soup:
2 T olive oil
1 cup each of chopped onion, celery, carrot
2 - 32oz containers of chicken broth or stock
1 - 15 oz can of diced tomatoes in juice
1 - 10oz bag of baby spinach
1 cup of uncooked orzo pasta
salt & pepper to taste
For the meatballs:
1 lb of ground turkey (93% lean or leaner)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (and some more for serving if so desired)
1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
Chop your veggies while waiting for a large pan to heat over medium heat.
add the can of diced tomatoes and all the juices, along with both
containers of broth. Stir and allow the liquid to come to a slow boil
over medium or medium high heat.
Mix together all of the
meatball ingredients EXCEPT for the turkey itself. This way you ensure
that all the seasonings, breadcrumbs, and eggs are evenly distributed
before you add the meat. (It also helps to ensure a more tender
meatball since you won't have to mix it as much once you add the meat).
a tablespoon, form mini-meatballs for the soup and place them on wax
paper until ready to cook. I ended up with about 35 mini-meatballs. You can see the size of them compared to my spoon (that's just your run-of-the-mill soup spoon).
Add your baby spinach and continue to cook until wilted.
Once the spinach has wilted you can add the uncooked pasta directly to the pot.
I turned off the heat and allowed it to cook off for about 20-30 minutes before eating, but it is so incredibly delicious!
Here's a picture of my son's bowl of soup that he scarfed right up!