Italian Wedding Soup

I have this youngest brother who is taking his very last college final of his life right now.  Do you remember that moment?  I sure do.  It was the best day of my life.  It was a beautiful June day, I was 9 months +5 days pregnant with my first child and I came skipping out of the testing center doing those little heel click jumps.  You know the ones-- where you jump up and click your heels out to the side kind of like a hee haw cowboy.  No one was around.  It would have been disturbing to see a little pregnant gal jumping like that.   I actually had our first child 6 days later.  I don't think we could have timed that any better if we had planned it.

Back to Eric, in his honor today I thought I'd post this soup recipe he told me about.  He had it at an in-laws home a while back, and has just been raving about it.  He swears it is the best soup on the planet.  I'll have to admit it was really tasty. It comes from Ina Garten.  I love her!  Maybe it's the fact that she is such a plump cheerful lady, and I've decided she loves food.  She has the best recipes.  Some of my all time favorites come from her.  The recipes are usually really straight forward, and unassuming.  I really need to post her Macaroons.  Chocolate dipped to be exact.  To die for!!  The Italian Wedding Soup is wonderful.  It is a very pretty soup to serve and it's not heavy.   You can eat it year round.  You can always use store bought meatballs, but the homemade ones were yummy.

Good luck Eric, and Congratulations on finally becoming a real person.  Now on to the rest of your life:)

Italian Wedding Soup
For the meatballs:
3/4 pound ground chicken (I used all turkey sausage)
1/2 pound chicken sausage, casings removed
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
3 tablespoons milk
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the soup:
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 cup minced yellow onion
1 cup diced carrots (3 carrots), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3/4 cup diced celery (2 stalks), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
10 cups homemade chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup small pasta such as tubetini or stars
1/4 cup minced fresh dill (a must!!)
12 ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed (I used Kale)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the meatballs, place the ground chicken, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1 to 1 1/4-inch meatballs onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (You should have about 40 meatballs. They don't have to be perfectly round.) Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.

In the meantime, for the soup, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and saute until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil. Add the pasta to the simmering broth and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Add the fresh dill and then the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute. Taste for salt and pepper. Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for 1 minute, until the spinach is just wilted. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan.


  1. Lisa I am trying to create a blog...I have been inspired by my friend Lisa...who unbeknownst to me seems to be a computer genious...how did you get yours all set up like this...I would love to have the tabs across with links to our building website and my realstate and personal and I am wanting to do a journaling of weightloss mission etc...how...lisa...how

  2. Congratulations to your brother. It is a wonderful feeling to start a new chapter in life.
    The soup sounds wonderful. I noticed the white wine again. Sounds like a must at the Clawson household. Again I have to wonder if your bishop knows.

  3. Graduation is most definitely a day to remember, and the thing is...no one will ever be as proud of you as you are of yourself! Love you Eric!

  4. Lisa, you probably don't remember me, but I'm Navine's wicked step-daughter-in-law, Linda Roberts. I've been stalking your blog for over a year now and just have to say that I lOVE everything about it - your spirit, love & recipes. Thanks so much for sharing! My hard drive crashed a while ago so I lost my Favorites and your blog address. Had to call Navine to get it again!

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that you soooo should submit a video at PaulaDeen.com for the Cookin' with Philly $25,000 contest! I know that you're related to Navine and should have plenty of recipes that use cream cheese!

    Again, thanks for your blog! I look forward to see what you post next!


    PS - ya, what about this white wine thing and what does your Bishop say about it? :P j/k



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