Saturday, January 7, 2012

Italian Wedding Soup

Recipe and photo courtesy of Food Network Magazine


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage (or a proportional amount of dried)
4 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon grated parmesan, plus more for topping
1/2 pound ground pork
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs (preferably panko)
3/4 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, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and some sage; cook 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and 2 cups water. 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, 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. Serves 8.