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Italian Wedding Soup

Such a great weekend meal that is hearty and delish, but won't have you running to the gym.

Prep
Cook
Serves 8people
Ingredients
for the meatballs
3/4
lb ground chicken
1/2
lb chicken sausage, casings removed
2/3
cup fresh white bread crumbs
2
tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
3
tbs chopped fresh parsley
1/4
cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
3
tbs milk
1
extra-large egg, lightly beaten
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
for the soup
2
tbs good olive oil
1
cup minced yellow onion
1
cup 1/4-inch diced carrots (3 carrots)
3/4
cup (1/4-inch diced celery (2 stalks)
10
cup chicken stock
1/2
cup dry white wine
1
cup small pasta such as tubetini or stars
1/4
cup minced fresh dill (can omit if preferred)
12
oz baby spinach, washed and chopped
Directions
1.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.
For the meatballs, place the ground chicken, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1- to 1¼-inch meatballs onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (You should have about 40 meatballs. They don’t have to be perfectly round.)
3.
Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.
4.
In the meantime, for the soup, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot.
5.
Add the onion, carrots, and celery and sauté until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6.
Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil. Add the pasta to the simmering broth and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender.
7.
Add the fresh dill and then the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute.
8.
Taste for salt and pepper.
9.
Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for 1 minute, until the spinach is just wilted.
10.
Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan cheese.
11.
Note: Soup leftovers freeze well.

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