How perfect is Italian Wedding Soup on Valentines? It says it all; comfort, home, warmth, love, Italian-ness... best of all, its easy. My little boy Valentines like it too!
Here's what you'll need for the meatballs:
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 5 links Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
- 2/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 white onion, grated or minced
- 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- fresh parsley, small handful, chopped
- salt & pepper
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
Gently combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Create 1 inch balls and set aside until ready to brown.
In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Brown meatballs on all sides 8-10 minutes total, set aside. Brown in batches.
For the soup:
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 32 oz box of chicken stock
- White wine, a splash
- 1 cup of small cut pasta. We used Stelline
- baby spinach or escarole, a small bunch, washed and roughly chopped
Heat the olive oil pn medium-high heat in the (unwashed) Dutch oven, (the brown bits from the meatballs adds delicious flavor). Add the chopped onion, carrots and celery, season with salt & pepper, and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Add wine and cook for a 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken stock, meatballs and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add the greens and cover for 1 minute until wilted. Salt & pepper until you love it.
Cook the pasta in a separate pot according to package instructions and add desired amount of cooked pasta to each serving of soup. OR Stir in the pasta and cook for 8 minutes, until pasta is cooked.
*When heating left-over soup, the pasta gets too soft and I cringe. To avoid this, I cook the pasta separate. If you don't mind, or you don't care for left-overs, feel free to just cook the pasta to the soup pot.
Garnish each bowl with extra grated parmesan and enjoy.
A glass of wine and a kiss makes it a perfect meal!
What special dinner will you make for your Valentine?
xo and pinch,