Monday, February 24, 2014

Time to Food Travel - Italian Wedding Soup

Yum
So yesterday, I suggested traveling around the states with different types of hot dogs.  This time I am  food traveling BIG!  I am going to
ITALY!
I have always wanted to go there, so in my mind's eye or rather my stomach...I am there!

Italian Wedding Soup!!!


Even though it is still cold, in my mind I am under the Tuscan sun with this soup...sounds like a movie?

Anyway, Italian Wedding Soup is super easy to make.  I love the recipe from Taste As You Go.  I changed it up a bit, but stuck with the rest because it is sooooo good!  So grab your passport and these ingredients:

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp olive oil 
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp minced garlic, divided
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, divided
4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
3-4 cups water
1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/2 pound ground pork
3 Tbsp Panko breadcrumbs
3/4 cup orzo
10 ounces baby spinach
Salt and pepper, to taste

Place a large pot over medium-high heat to preheat for 2 minutes.  Heat the olive oil in the pan for 1 minute. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes, depending on the size of the onion pieces.  Add half of the garlic and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer  about 5-6 minutes.  

Meanwhile, mix the pork, Panko, Parmesan, and the remaining garlic and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Form in 1/2-inch meatballs.  

Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil again. Stir in the orzo and cook for 5 minutes.  

Add the meatballs and cook until they are firm and float to the top, about 4 more minutes.  

Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 more minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with extra grated Parmesan.


No need to precook the meatballs.  They actually cook in the soup.  Did you also know that this soup has nothing to do with brides and grooms?  When translated the word wedding is meant to say it is a marriage of ingredients and flavors.  Who knew?

Traveling can be a state of mind!  So off to Italy you go!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!