Italian Wedding Soup


Italian Wedding Soup

Need to hint to your honey about the big day, or looking for a calming comfort food? Think of this as a first-rate chicken soup with mini-meatballs and loads of flavor.

This recipe is from Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age - 200 Simple and Sassy Recipes.

Ingredients

Makes 12 (1-cup) servings with 3-4 mini meatballs

Soup

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • Mini Meatballs (recipe follows)
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mini Meatballs

Wait until you try these meatballs!

  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Soup

  1. In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, celery, carrots and garlic until tender, 7 minutes. Add both broths and oregano.
  2. Add orzo. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and cook 5 minutes. Add Mini Meatballs (see recipe), and continue cooking 8 minutes or until meatballs are done. Add spinach, cooking a few more minutes until wilted. Season to taste.

Mini Meatballs

  1. Combine all ingredients into bowl and shape meat mixture into 1-inch diameter meatballs.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

  • Calories 153
  • Calories from fat 19%
  • Fat 3g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 433mg
  • Carbohydrate 17g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 14g
  • Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 lean meat