Italian Wedding Soup

I scored a great deal on lean ground pork the day before it expired ($0.99/Lb!). I put a few pounds in the freezer, but I wanted to use one my meal plan right away. A bit of searching on Pinterest lead me to this recipe from She's Cookin'. I adapted the recipe for both the meatballs and the soup to use what I had in the house, and the results were fantastic. I will be repeating the meatball recipe again as a stand-alone recipe  They were excellent!

Meatballs
1 Lb ground beef
1 Lb ground pork
1/2 C parmesan cheese
1/2 C dry breadcrumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced

Place Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, parsley and paprika in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add ground beef and ground pork to the bowl. Beat egg with minced garlic, and pour over meat. Combine all ingredients until well mixed. (Working with your hands is easiest for this.) Form into balls (using a cookie scoop makes for even sizes) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350' for about 30 minutes.

Soup
1 Tblsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp thyme
8 cups chicken stock
1 bunch kale, torn into pieces
2 cups egg noodles (or other quick cooking pasta)
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions and celery in olive oil until softened. Add carrots and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, cayenne, and thyme and stir until fragrant. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and  simmer for 15 minutes. Add cooked meatballs.  Add kale and pasta, and cook until they are tender (approximately 6-7 minutes).

**To save time, you can prepare the meatballs in advance and freeze cooked meatballs. To use frozen meatballs in this soup, add when the stock comes to a boil and allow them too warm in the sauce while it simmers for 15 minutes before adding the kale and pasta.**

 

3 comments:

  1. I adapted the recipe for both the meatballs and the soup to use what I had in the house, kad kahwin

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