Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup
For the Meatballs:
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground ground pork
1 small yellow onion, grated
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (more if needed)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Soup:
1 whole roasting hen
3 quarts homemade chicken stock, canned low-sodium chicken broth, or a combination of the two
1-2 heads Escarole, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 6 lightly packed cups)
1 batch of uncooked meatballs (see above)
1/2 lb cooked Ditalini pasta
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
First:
Roast the chicken. Either serve the roasted chicken for Sunday dinner, reserve leftover meat for soup and stew the carcass to make broth. Alternately, use prepared stock and cooked, shredded, chicken breast.

Make the Meatballs:
Gently mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Don’t overwork it. Using teaspoon-sized scoops, form the meat mixture into small balls about 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Place on a baking sheet and set aside.

Make the Soup:
Bring the stock or broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Carefully add the meatballs, one by one, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Do not stir the pot at this point or you’ll risk breaking up the meatballs! Simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.

Add the escarole and continue to simmer until wilted, about 2-3 minutes more.

Add the cooked chicken and pre-cooked pasta to the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top.

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About Anna K Amendolare

Anna, of aka design, is a web designer and digital marketer. She contributes recipes via homeharv.wordpress.com, manages all of the email marketing for HH, and serves as webmaster for Hometown Harvest. When she is not in front of her computer, she enjoys baking, craft beer, and spinning & cycling to burn off those calories.

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