Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Since we are all staying in due to COVID-19 I am super thankful when I have ingredients on hand to make something I've been wanting to try like this Italian Wedding soup. I made a couple of substitutions and it was delicious. It makes a bunch and the leftovers were just as good the next couple of days. Serve it up with a salad or crusty loaf of bread. ENJOY!
For the meatballs:
1 onion grated
1/3 cup chopped parsley
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (or 1 slice of sandwich bread torn into pieces)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (you can use shredded here also)
8 ounces of ground beef
8 ounces of ground breakfast sausage (or ground pork)
For the soup:
12 cups chicken broth *see note
1 pound of escarole or baby spinach chopped
2 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese (if you have shredded process in mini food processor to make it into a fine grate.
Salt and pepper to taste
To make the meatballs, combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Then ad the cheese, beef and sausage.
Next make mini meatballs with a mini ice cream scoop or teaspoon. They should measure about an inch in diameter. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet until ready to cook.
To make the soup, bring the soup to a boil in a large stock pot. Carefully drop in the meatballs one at a time. Then stir in the spinach or escarole. Cook until the meatballs are cooked through, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and 2 Tbsp finely grated cheese in a bowl.
When the meatballs are cooked through stir the soup in a circular motion with a fork and slowly add the egg mixture for about one minute.
Season the soup with salt and pepper.
Note: When I started my business making prepared meals I learned quickly that buying chicken broth for 20 orders of soup was not cost effective. I was so thankful to discover this product at my grocery store and was also available at Costco and Sams Club. It keeps for weeks in the refrigerator, and one 8 ounce jar makes 38 cups of broth. 1 teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon to 1 cup of water equals 1 cup of fabulous broth. You can this to other sauces and soups as well to enhance the flavors.