Italian Wedding Soup isn’t exactly what you think – as in an Italian wedding delicacy only served on the night before one’s big day. Instead, the term “wedding soup” comes from the Italian phrase “minestra maritata,” meaning “married soup.” This is a reference to the soup’s combination, or marriage, of greens and meat. The green veggies in Italian wedding soup can be anything from endive or escarole – like in this recipe – to kale, spinach, or cabbage, and the meat is typically meatballs or sausage. Does all of the above sound perfect for warming you up on a chilly evening? Then, check out this recipe below!
• 1 small onion, grated
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
• 8 ounces ground beef
• 8 ounces ground pork
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
• 1 pound curly endive or escarole, coarsely chopped
• 2 large eggs
• 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese, beef, and pork. Using 1 1/2 teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.
2. To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and curly endive and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the curly endive is tender for about 8 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin strands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Finish the soup with parmesan cheese, if desired.
Cook up something delicious tonight with this special recipe provided to you by Shadow Bend Apartments in Corpus Christi, Texas, and put our expansive kitchens to good use!