Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
Mini Meatballs, Tender Kale, and Acini di Pepe

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe| This soup is a great way to enjoy the benefits of kale! Plus, the mini meatballs made of beef, pork, dried herbs, and Parmesan cheese cook right in the soup!#soupsofineItalian Wedding Soup Recipe
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This Italian wedding soup recipe soothes with mini meatballs, fresh kale, and acini di pepe pasta simmered in a flavorful chicken stock. The meatballs cook right in the soup and are made with a combination of beef, pork, dried herbs, and Parmesan cheese. 

It's a fun and festive soup that's surprisingly easy to make. 

Shared Through the Ages

Kale appeared in the eastern Mediterranean 2,000 years ago. Since then, this leafy green vegetable has acquired many names. Today, two of its names are borecole and cow cabbage. And even if its benefits were unknown in the past, they knew kale survived fall frost and mild winters. Better yet, these temperatures even enhanced its flavor with sweetness.  

To Nourish and Protect

Many consider kale a superfood. Some would even call it the number one superfood. Here are a few of the ways we benefit from this leafy green vegetable. Its nutrients protect us against:

  • Glaucoma
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer and more.

Not only does kale add appealing bursts of color to this soup, but it can add spark to your looks too. That's because vegetables like kale contain mood boosting and skin enhancing nutrients. Its skin enhancers fight against premature aging and loss of skin elasticity.

Mood Lifter and Skin Brightener

Not only does kale add appealing bursts of color to this soup, but it can add spark to your looks too. That's because vegetables like kale contain mood boosting and skin enhancing nutrients. Its skin enhancers fight against premature aging and loss of skin elasticity.



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Prep Time: 30 minutes                           Cook Time: 40 minutes                           Serves: 4-6

Ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

For Soup:

1 TB olive oil

1/2 large onion, peeled and chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)

8 cups chicken stock, homemade preferred

1 dried bay leaf

3/4 cup acini di pepe pasta

8 ounces fresh, tender kale - rinsed and torn into bite-sized pieces (can often be found in ready-to-use packages, but still rinse)

For Meatballs:

2 slices white bread, torn into small pieces, no crust

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 large onion, peeled and grated

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese + more for garnish

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1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 pound ground chuck

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt



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Directions for Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

1. Sauté onions and carrots: In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add chopped onions and carrots. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes; stir occasionally.

2. Add garlic: Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute.

3. Add then simmer: Add dry sherry, chicken stock, and bay leaf. Turn up heat and bring to a boil with lid on, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer.

4. Start meatballs: While soup is simmering begin making the meatballs.

5. Form a paste: In a large bowl, use a fork and combine these ingredients until they form a paste: bread, milk, Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, granulated garlic, dried oregano, dried parsley flakes, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, and black pepper.

6. Combine meats: In a separate bowl, combine the ground pork, ground chuck, baking powder, and salt. Work it with your hands until well-mixed.

7. Add together: Add pork and ground chuck to large bowl with bread mixture. Using your hands or a large spoon, work to combine the ingredients.

8. Shape meatballs: Shape this mixture into roughly 30 mini meatballs, about 1-inch in diameter. Using a teaspoon or small scoop can help you create uniformly sized meatballs. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

9. Add pasta and kale: To the simmering stock, add the acini di pepe and kale. Stir occasionally and cook for 5 minutes, lid off.

10. Add meatballs: Add the meatballs and continue cooking until they float, about 5-10 minutes. Increase heat enough to maintain simmer.

11. Ladle your soup into bowls and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!



Bibliography

HealWithFood.org. "Health Benefits of Kale: Why Kale is Superfood No. 1." Heal Your Body With Food and Optimal Nutrition | HealWithFood.org. Accessed April 14, 2018. https://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/kale-superfood.php.

"Kale | Health Topics | NutritionFacts.org." NutritionFacts.org | The Latest in Nutrition Related Research. Accessed April 14, 2018. https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/kale/.

Martin Anderson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service. "Greeks and Romans Grew Kale and Collards | Archives | Aggie Horticulture." Aggie Horticulture. Accessed April 14, 2018. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/vegetabletravelers/kale.html.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction |. Accessed April 14, 2018. https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/school-nutrition/pdf/fact-sheet-kale.pdf.

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