Friday, April 13, 2012

EASY ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

No wedding going on around here, I am anxious to eat this soup tonight for dinner. It's a quick and easy soup to put on the dinner table. Keep in mind that this soup only has a few  ingredients, you need tasty pizza sauce and your best tasting meatballs.  If  those are available then you can count on a over the top tasty Italian Wedding Soup.   A comfort food, fast meal for tonights dinner. This soup should be made and eaten within a reasonable time, the noodles will soak up the sauce in no time.  And best of all, it taste great. I used a small pasta instead of the shells. Still just as good. This soup came from the Gooseberry Patch.  The cookbook can be seen here. Enjoy my friends, and happy cooking   Andi  




2 (14 1/2 ounce cans) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup medium shell pasta, uncooked
16 frozen meatballs, cooked*
2 cups spinach leaves, finely shredded
1 cup pizza sauce  ( I purchased Amato's Pizza sauce)  available at our local Hannaford's.  Amato's is a New England Italian Sandwich shoppe * 
fresh grated Parmesan cheese

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My feelings are, our food is only as good and tasty as the ingredients we use.  With just a few ingredients in this soup you need good tasting meatballs and pizza sauce.  This recipe is a make and eat meal.  If left for any length of time, the noodles will soak up the liquid.  * I made my own small meatballs, the recipe is below. You can also buy them premade. 

Bring broth and the one cup of water to a boil in a large saucepan, add the frozen meatballs and the pasta.  Return to a boil and boil according to package directions for the shells.  About 7-9 minutes.  Do not drain, add the shredded spinach and the 1 cup of pizza sauce.  Stir and cook for about 1-2 more minutes.   Serves 4   I added my meatballs along with the spnach and the pizza sauce.




I used the following recipe to make my own meatballs for the Italian Wedding soup, I made the 16 meatballs small then baked.  With the leftover mix I made larger meatballs and will freeze for another dinner.  

Homemade Meatballs
1 pound of lean ground beef or pre-mix package of meatloaf mix
8 ounces of hot Italian sausage, or mild sausage
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 TBSP of parsley, minced fine
1 medium onion, chopped fine
4 slices of day old bread, ground into crumbs ( I do this in my small food chopper)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1 large egg
dizzle the meatballs with olive oil before baking

Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix well.  Make into the size meatballs you want.  Bake on parchment lined baking sheets.  I baked at 350 degrees.


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8 comments:

  1. what nice soup Andi look absolutely yummy!!!

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  2. I almost bought some Italian wedding soup for lunch. I'm going to try my hand at it at home first!

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  3. oh my goodness! This looks so good, and quick and easy!
    Ive saved the recipe to try soon! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. This soup sounds very good, I think your homemade meatballs are the secret!

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  5. This looks delicious and I've never heard of adding pizza sauce too it. I can't wait to try this shortcut. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  6. I love this soup, but your version is MUCH quicker than mine--and I love that more! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces! Have a blessed week and please come back soon ~EMM

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  7. This soup looks very yummy!
    Thanks for visiting me.

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  8. Hi,

    I followed you over from Mix it up Monday and this looks delicious! I can't wait to try it out. I am always looking for more soup recipes.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com.

    Have a great day,
    Michelle

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