Ohhhh Debbieeee…, it’s Julie from redheadcandecorate.com.
Where are youuu?
I have a good one this month, girl.
I promise, this “Italian Wedding Soup” is so tasty, and easy, and not bad for you either.
So this is how it all started.
I married an Italian 20 years ago who loves to cook & eat.
I say that often, because he inspires me to try new recipes.
While we were out to lunch with our two favorite girls, he ordered “Italian Wedding Soup”.
I am ashamed to admit, I have never tried it before this.
It always looked rather strange to me.
Well, not this time.
It looked so good, and I was so happy when Rick asked me if I wanted to try it.
I knew immediately, I would be making it soon.
So, when we went home, I looked it up.
Oh gosh, there are a million “Italian Wedding Soup” recipes out there.
Once I got the main ingredients in my head, I went to see what we had so I could make it.
We didn’t have ground beef to make the traditional little meatballs, so I used sweet Italian chicken sausage instead.
Lets just say, the soup was gone with in a 24 hour period.
The bowl in the photo…gone after I took that shot.
Here’s my version of
“Italian Wedding Soup”
1 lb. sweet Italian Sausage (fresh from your local butcher)
1 and ½ large can’s of chicken stock (they are 49.5 oz. size)
*you can use both cans if you prefer more stock
12 oz frozen chopped spinach (thawed & drained, or use fresh)
6-8 cloves of fresh garlic chopped fine
4-5 chopped green onions or regular onion is fine (½ cup)
3-4 carrots peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery chopped (leaves too)
S & P to taste
pastina (see below)
parmesan for garnish
Put sausage links in large pot and cook until slightly browned.
Transfer to plate and slice into bite size pieces.
Next, add garlic, onion, carrots, celery to sausage leftover goodness in the pot,
and sauté for about 10 minutes on medium.
Be careful not to burn the garlic.
Then add chicken stock, spinach, and sausage.
Simmer for about 30 minutes or more.
Taste and season with S & P to your liking.
Serve over “al dente” pastina.
Garnish with parmesan.
You can add the raw pastina and cook it in the soup if you like.
We prefer to leave it out of the soup until we serve it so the pastina is firm 🙂
Side note…here’s my hubby’s Grandma’s “Pastina” recipe if you would like to try it.
It’s wonderful for grandkids, and anyone that’s not feeling good.
I hope I’ve convinced a couple of you to try the “Italian Wedding Soup”.
See you next month!
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I love that soup too. Our favorite Italian restaurant one town over took it off the menu. How dare they. Now I can make my own. Thanks!
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Pinned to try! I love winter soup!
Yeay! So happy you can make your own now Lori. You can do tiny meatballs if you rather do it the traditional way. I forgot to mention that!
I’ve been craving this lately. I’m going to try and convert it to vegetarian! I think I can!!!
This is one of my favorite soups. I have never tried it with sausage I have had it with meatballs so I am going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.
One of my all time favorite. Looks amazing.
I never made this before, and I think I’ve only seen it with meatballs, but I could be wrong…the fact that this has sausage is making me pin it right now because my son will LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!
I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted this either, which is funny because my parents get this often whenever I meet them for lunch. I’m not a meatball lover, but your sausage version makes me want to try this! Thanks for the inspiration! Dee 🙂
Yum! I make it a lot for my family. I love the way it makes the kitchen smell so good.
it looks so delish i will for sur make it Julies way 🙂
Hope you like it Linda 😉
Pam @ diy Design Fanatic
Looks so wonderful Debbie! I have really been in the mood to make soup lately!
Soup sounds delish. But try the pasta you used for Frog’s Eye salad. A family must have for all holidays. Can find recipe on Pinterest.
Inspire Me Heather
Hello Debbie, I came over from Julies to check out the Italian Wedding Soup recipe – that does look soooo good, doesn’t it?
Debbie- Sounds like your friend makes good soup! Hope you are having a good week- xo Diana
Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage
In My Italian family growing up, Pastina was baby food.All the Italian babies got it as one of their first foods.In fact, I just always assumed it was made for little ones because that’s what I was taught as a child.