Friday, February 7, 2014

Italian Wedding Soup

 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
5 cups fat-free low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup water
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan, plus more for topping
1/2 pound ground pork
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs (preferably panko)
1/2 cup orzo
8 ounces baby spinach (about 8 cups)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add half of the garlic and 1 teaspoon each Worcestershire sauce and sage; cook 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, 3 cups water and the parmesan rind and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the pork, breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon grated parmesan, the remaining garlic and the remaining 1 teaspoon each Worcestershire sauce and sage in a bowl. Form into 1-inch meatballs.

Increase the heat to medium high and bring the soup to a boil. Stir in the orzo and cook 6 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. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with parmesan.

***I made this soup today for lunch. It was pretty good but not as good as I remember from a resturant I once had it at.  I'll look around and compare recipes and see how I can improve it. (perhaps I might prefer dried sage instead of fresh.)

Find the original recipe here.

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