Italian Wedding Soup

Mmm … Italian Wedding Soup is a versatile and elegant must-try dish. Traditionally served as a first course at Italian weddings (hence the name), now-a-days this soup is seen regularly on lunch menus at popular cafés.

This soup is also a common staple in many Italian homes. And every Italian Wedding Soup is as unique as the family itself. The basic miniature meatball and pastina in a savoury chicken broth can be added to. Small diced carrots, baby sweet peas, white cannelinni beans, small diced potato, beaten eggs and parmesan cheese are among the variations of this soup.

Foodies Galore made the basic with some tiny diced carrot and garnished with fresh diced green onion and green chilies.  Here is how we did it:

For the meatballs –

Combine 1 lbs ground pork with

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp each
    • onion powder
    • paprika
    • tsp dried oregano
    • salt and
    • a few dashes of black pepper

Roll the ground meat mixture into 3/4 inch mini meatballs and lay them on a plate until you are ready to place them in the broth.

Next, prepare a deliciously light chicken broth:

  • Dissolve 8 cups of boiling water with 1 chicken bouillon.
  • Add to the pot —
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • a dash of black pepper
  • Dice one carrot into 1/4 inch bits and add them to the boiling broth.
  • Cover the pot, and lower the heat to medium. Allow the carrots to cook in the broth for 10 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs, and continue to cook another 10 minutes.
  • In a separate pot, bring at least 6 cups of water to a boil. Whenpastina the water comes to a rolling boil add 2 tsp salt then add 1 & 1/4 cups of a tiny pasta such as mini shells, ditalini or any shaped pastina.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Strain the pastina when done and add immediately to the soup.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with a tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese, a little fresh diced green onion and green chili.

A great side for this meal is either, bruschetta bread, garlic bread or warmed herb and onion bread.

You will be surprised how this soup is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal.