Famous Italian Wedding Soup
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- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1⁄4 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- 8 ounces ground pork
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb escarole, coarsely chopped
- 2 eggs
- 2⁄3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- salt and pepper
- In a large bowl stir together first 6 ingredients.
- Stir in cheese and bread crumbs.
- Mix in meats with your hands.
- Roll into 1 inch meatballs (about 75).
- Place on baking sheet.
- Bring broth to a boil in a large pot over medium high heat.
- Add meatballs and escarole and simmer about 10 minutes.
- Whisk eggs and cheese in a bowl; then add to soup slowly stirring with a fork to form thin strands of egg about 1 minute.
- Season with salt and pepper.
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Very good recipe. I have made it a few times and made some changes to suit our taste. I don't put onions in the meatballs instead I add a teaspoon of basil and a touch of olive oil and so far I have only used beef. The longest part is to make the meatballs as small as I can. I use homemade broth, add about a cup of chopped carrots and 1/2 to 1 cup of acini di pepe pasta ( depending on how much broth I have). Towards the end I whisk the eggs alone and slowly add them to the broth when it is at a high boil. I serve the soup with the Parmesan on the table for everyone to add to their bowls. My sons girlfriend was here for dinner and asked what was for dinner, when I told her she responded "Finally". I guess they don't think I make it often enough. I usually make a huge bath of meatballs and freeze them on trays before putting them in Ziplock bags. With half the batch I made small meatballs for my soup and the other half I make larger ones to use in my spaghetti sauce or for meatball sandwiches.
This was very authentic tasting. I used packaged meatballs (a mistake! but not your fault), fresh spinach, cubed chicken, and acini de pepe pasta in homemade duck broth. It was the cheese/egg blend that gave it that wonderful finishing touch; I never would have figured that out on my own. I did feel it lacked seasoning so I added Italian blend herbs and a piece of cheese rind for more flavor. Thanks so much Cooks4_6!
The instructions are written very clearly and this is the way authentic Wedding Soup is supposed to be made. My only change was to use less minced onion in the meatballs, but other than that change, this is a great recipe for my family. Growing up, we enjoyed this soup often...sometimes with a diced carrot added to the broth at the same time as the escarole (nice color), and sometimes with "pastina" (small pasta) added to the broth for a heartier soup. These are acceptable changes (tee hee), but avoid the recipes where you see strange ingredients such as ketchup, pizza sauce, etc!