Sunday, December 28, 2014

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Last weekend Amy and I were discussing our grocery list and meal plans for the week, we like to get our grocery shopping for the entire week done on Sundays. She was all, "I love Italian Wedding Soup... we should make some". I said ok, but I'll admit I was a little worried. It just sounded like a soup that required a lot of prep and cooking time! Well after a really relaxing day of hanging out watching football at a local sports bar, we completely scrapped the grocery shopping idea. After all, it was a short week with Christmas... we had plenty of food in our freezer to get by on! We'd just have to make Italian Wedding Soup some other week.

But as I was opening the bag of frozen meatballs we had in our freezer for a fast, easy dinner that same night, it struck me that I could use the pre-made meatballs for the Italian Wedding Soup that Amy had her heart set on. All the other ingredients in the soup are things that we keep in the pantry and fridge on a regular basis... chicken stock, orzo pasta, spinach, and carrots.

In all it took me about 20 minutes to throw this Italian Wedding Soup together... it's so quick and easy for a weeknight meal. I can see why Amy is such a fan of this kind of soup, it's delicious! I wasn't sure what to expect, but Italian Wedding Soup is actually very light and 'clean' tasting. You can taste all the ingredients individually, there are not any over-powering spices or flavors. It's quite lovely really...

Easy Italian Wedding Soup
based on a recipe from
makes about 4 servings

20-25 pre-made meatballs, frozen (the smaller, the better)
5 3/4 cups chicken broth
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup carrot, chopped

1.   In large saucepan, heat broth to boiling; stir in spinach, orzo pasta, chopped carrot and meatballs.

2.   Return to boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook at slow boil for 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

Well, that was easy! Very little prep time, only one saucepan needed, and a quick cook time... this is a great soup for those busy weeknights. Pre-made meatballs really cut down on the prep time for this recipe.

And let's not forget how tasty it is too.... 

Amy gave this Italian Wedding Soup recipe her stamp of approval.


- Janel

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