There are probably as many recipes for Italian Wedding Soup as there are interpretations
of the savory concoction's origins.
Many food historians suggest that the name is the result of a simple mistranslation,
believing that the name recalls the delicious marriage of the soup's ingredients.
Other sources consider the savory soup a union of resources. In the rural regions
of southern Italy and Sicily, the soup represented an amalgamation of ingredients
-- one household contributed chopped meat, another gave up a fat hen, a family might
forage for greens or a group of villagers convene to turn out handmade pastas.
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork or veal
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrot
1 tablespoon chopped garlic in 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon Spike All-Purpose Seasoning
1/4 pound uncooked orzo pasta
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
Grated Romano cheese to taste
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Meatballs: Combine ground meats, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper to
taste, parsley and 1 clove chopped garlic. Form into tiny meatballs.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes.
Remove from sheet and set aside.
Soup: Microwave spinach according to package directions.
When cool enough to handle, squeeze out all moisture and set aside.
Sauté diced onion, celery and carrot, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic in 1/4 cup
olive oil, 5 minutes or until onion is transparent.
Add chicken broth, basil, Spike and let simmer 5 minutes.
Add orzo. Let cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
Add cornstarch mixture, stirring slowly until soup begins to thicken.
Add spinach to soup, followed by meatballs.
Top with grated Romano and serve.
Yield: About 12 cups
Nutrition information per cup: Calories223; Fat13.3 g (3.8 sat.); Carbohydrate12.8
g; Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 593 mg; Protein12.9 g
Posted by GayleL at Recipe Goldmine 9:28:04am 5/12/03.
Source: orlandosentinel.com - Thought You'd Never Ask - April 3, 2003