Italian Wedding Soup

I love making this soup when it’s cold outside. I usually make it the the day after we had a roasted chicken for dinner. I use the left overs for chicken stock and any left over chicken pieces in the soup. I really don’t have a recipe, it’s a creation from one of my best friends and Ina Garten’s  recipe as a baseline. I will try to create it as best I can. You can adjust it any way you want.

For the meatballs: You can add what ever ingredients you usually add to your meatball, since they will be in the soup I didn’t go crazy

3/4 pound of ground beef ( I used 80% lean)

2/3 cup of Italian bread crumbs

1 egg

tablespoon of garlic powder

tablespoon of onion powder

salt and pepper

For the soup:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 cup of minced onion

2 cloves of garlic minced (optional)

3 carrots chopped

2 stalks of celery chopped

8 to 10 cups of homemade or store bought chicken stock

1/2 cup of dry white wine

1/2 cup or up to 1 cup of small pasta (I used stars)

1/2 cup of parsley (optional) or you can add 12 oz of baby spinach

Preheat the oven to 350F. For the meatballs place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands mix all till it forms a dough like form. If I feel it’s too wet I add a little more bread crumbs, if it feels too dry I add another egg.  Form bite sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. IMG_0752

They don’t have to be perfect. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or till lightly browned. Set aside.

Meanwhile heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the onions, celery and carrots. Saute till softened for a bout 5 minutes or so. Add the garlic if using and saute for another minute. Add the wine and the stock and bring to a boil. IMG_0753

Once it starts boiling add the pasta and cook till pasta is tender for about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the spinach if using. Add the meatballs and the chicken. Simmer on low heat till everything is heated through. IMG_0754

Add the parsley before serving. Serve in soup bowls and grate some Parmesan cheese if desired.

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