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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Italian Wedding Soup

This was Terry's week to choose a soup for our Sunday Slow Soupers. She picked an Italian Wedding Soup~ no surprise from our Teaberry, it is made with turkey meatballs and lots of veggies and spice. It is a great meal for a cold evening.

Next time I make it, I will double the meatballs and freeze half for another soup. I had a 'helper' in the kitchen and lost half my meatballs to him.


Italian Wedding Soup
Meatballs~
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 Tbs chopped Italian parsley
3 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1# ground turkey (or ground meat of choice)
2 Tbs olive oil
spices: 3/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt
Mix everything together, and roll into tiny 1″ balls. Saute in the olive oil until lightly browned on the outside. Set aside and protect from scavengers.

Soup~
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 cloves minced garlic
3 diced strips of turkey bacon (or regular bacon)
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs Marsala wine
2 quarts of chicken stock
1 cup orzo
1 Tbs dried oregano
4 fresh leaves of basil, chopped
3 cups of arugula
1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano for garnish
Saute the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in large soup pot for 5 - 6 minutes. Add the turkey bacon and the balsamic vinegar, and let all the flavors mix and blend. Add the Marsala and let this cook down a little. When it is almost evaporated, add the chicken stock, orzo, meatballs, and oregano. Simmer this for about 15 minutes, til the orzo is soft. Add the arugula right at the end.


Y'all enjoy!
Sandi

10 comments:

Josh Lane said...

Definitely going to put this one in my cooking queue.

Glad to hear your 'helper' had fun.

Char said...

delish! one of my favorite soups

Cindy Ruth said...

Sandi-The meatballs were my favorite part also. And I didn't need a "helper" to make my meatballs disappear-I did it all by myself! I was out of town for the week, and so my husband got all of the leftovers, and now I'm craving the soup again, so I don't think it will be long before I make another batch.

justabeachkat said...

Yum! It's definitely soup weather here.

Christmas hugs to you!
Kat

windycorner said...

I'm so glad you posted this. My mom was just asking me if I had a good recipe so I'll send her this one. Hope you're having a jolly holiday!
Holley

Gigi said...

This is one of my all time favorite soups! Thanks for sharing the recipe Sandi.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Josh~ 'Helper' may be a bit of an exageration.
Cindy Ruth~ a double batch of meatballs would make it easy to throw together.
Kat~ Soup weather there? I didn't think it got that cold in paradise.
Holley~ I know your mom will love this.
GiGi~ I bet you could made just the perfect dessert to go along.

nikkicrumpet said...

Thanks so much for stopping by....Yikes..everytime I come here my stomach starts to growl! And it's too late to be eating!!!

Sugar Bear said...

Yum! Definitely one of my favs.
Karla

Lisa said...

Gosh, this sounds wonderful!!

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