Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This recipe for Italian Wedding Soup was given to me Ira Donewitz.  Ira woks with my husband and anytime he sees a recipe (cookies, desserts or this one) that he thinks I would like to have, he gives it to my husband.  This recipe came from Ira – I would like to thank him for it – and hope you all enjoy it.

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Italian Wedding Soup

1-  3 1/2 -4 lb. chicken

2 carrots, peeled and trimmed

2 rib celery

2 cups canned whole peeled plum tomatoes


½ cup acine de pepe (frog’s-eye) or other round pasta

1 bunch escarole, washed and coarsely chopped

½ lb. ground beef

1 egg yolk

2 Tbsp. dry bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano

1 Tbsp. freshly grated romano

Leaves from 2 sprigs parsley, chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

¼ tsp. dried oregano

Freshly ground black pepper

Put chicken, carrots, celery, tomatoes, 14 cups water, and salt to taste into a large pot.  Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming any foam that rises to the surface, then reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer until chicken is just cooked through, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a small pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 5-7 minutes.  Drain, rinse, and set aside.  Put escarole and 2 tablespoons water into a large skillet, cover, cook over medium heat until wilted, 4-5 minutes; and set aside.  Gently mix ground beef, egg yolk, bread crumbs, cheeses, parsley, garlic, oregano, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl; form into ½” meatballs, then set aside.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a large bowl and set aside to let cool.  Strain broth through a cheesecloth-lined colander into a clean medium pot, discarding solids.  Shred chicken meat and ser aside; discarding skin and bones.

Bring broth to a boil over high heat.  Add meatballs, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until cooked through; 10-15 minutes.  Add shredded chicken, escarole, and pasta, season to taste with salt and pepper.  Simmer for 15 minutes more.

(Recipe for Italian Wedding Soup was given by Ira Donewitz, from Saveur Reporter.)

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