This yummy soup is the perfect dish to transition from summer to fall. It is still light with its clear broth and herby chicken meatballs, but it is warm and comforting too!
I love putting the mini meatballs in soup even though it takes a little more time than a plain protein. Each meatball is a burst of delicious flavor that is packed with good for you herbs and (cheese, because, of course).
The spinach adds a delicateness to the soup while still adding fiber and nutrients! Everyone knows how much I love adding greens to soups, because to me it just seems like a given! The greens wilt down and add color, which is a reason in itself to add them to dishes. And as much as I love salads, it’s nice to get your veggies in other ways as well!
A Tip: I almost never cook the greens on a high heat. I instead add them at the very end of the cooking process, after the stove is turned off and let the residual heat of whatever dish I made do the work for me. This way the spinach (or whatever green is being used) doesn’t get overcooked!
This soup reheats beautifully and makes great leftovers for snacks or lunches!
Italian Wedding Soup
- 1 lb ground chicken or ground pork
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup fresh parsely finely chopped
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1 ½ cups acini de pepe or any small pasta
- 2 cups packed, fresh spinach roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add all meatball ingredients to a large mixing bowl
- Use hands to incorporate all the ingredients together
- Form mixture into quarter sized meatballs and place on baking sheet or plate
- In a large soup pot, add chicken stock and salt and bring to a boil
- Once boiling, carefully add uncooked meatballs, stirring as you go to make sure they don't stick together
- After you add the meatballs, turn the heat down to a simmer
- After 5 minutes, add pasta and cook for about 15 more minutes, until the pasta plumps and the meat is cooked through
- Once ready to serve, turn off heat and stir in spinach