Italian Wedding Soup – an American-Italian soup with spinach and orzo and delicious easy to make meatballs made with ground pork and beef.
I woke up this morning and I wasn’t feeling too well, woke up with a bit of sore throat and a major headache. This happens to me quite a bit in Calgary when the weather changes suddenly. It’s pretty cold here today and it’s been raining non stop.
When my throat is sore, I love to eat a nice warm soup. But I wanted something a bit different today, so I decided to make this Italian Wedding Soup, which I really love. I decided to make it, mostly because I had all the ingredients on hand. Now this soup, I must say I learned to make on my own, we Romanians we have our own meatball soup but this Italian wedding soup is a bit different because it has spinach in it, and I think maybe most people would use endive. Anyway, this soup is excellent on a cold day.
The meatballs are pretty easy to make and you can use any ground meat you like, normally I like to mix ground pork and ground beef.
Reading a bit about this wedding soup on the internet, I found out that it’s called wedding soup because meat and green vegetables make for a great marriage together, they go well together, which is quite funny because I always thought it was called wedding soup because it was served at weddings. You learn something every day.
Well whatever it is called, it’s one of my favorite soups and it always makes me feel better.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup of bread crumbs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 ounces ground beef (1/2 lb)
- 8 ounces ground pork (1/2 lb)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup orzo
- salt and pepper to taste
- To make the meatballs it's really easy. Just mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and then shape them into mini meatballs, about ¾ of an inch and place them on a baking dish. Set aside.
- To make the soup bring the both to a boil in a large pot over medium to high heat. Add the meatballs and spinach, orzo, salt and pepper and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the orzo is cooked. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the Pecorino Romano Cheese or the Parmesan cheese as garnish.