When it comes to meal time, do you sit at the table or stand and graze? For the longest time, I’ve been a grazer. Heck, when you’re single, what’s to stop you from foregoing a plate entirely and noshing straight out of the pan? So bad, I know. What’s worse, I eventually turned Morgan into a grazer, even though he preferred a sit down meal. And he’s not the only one to adopt my lazy ways. Then last year, I decided to turn that all around. No more eating at the trough. Being a newlywed, it was all part of the “nesting” thing.
When I looked to the Web for inspiration, I stumbled across the Sunday Supper Movement. Perfect! Eventually, when I relaunched this site in July, I became a participating member, and I’m so honored and excited to be here to celebrate Sunday Supper’s one year birthday. This week, I’m bringing to the table an incredible Easy Italian Wedding Soup, inspired by none other than the Sunday Supper Movement founder, Isabel aka Family Foodie.
You might be surprised to learn that Italian Wedding Soup has nothing to do with weddings at all and is, in fact, a mistranslation of sorts. Minestra maritata, literally “married soup,” refers to the combination of meats with greens. In Italian, to say two things go well together, they are said to be married, or maritata. This age-old Neapolitan staple was loaded with lots of meats and greens–much heartier fare than today’s standard Italian-American version. Isabel’s Easy Italian Wedding Soup is quite filling, though, as it’s chock full of mini pork meatballs, but the delicate blend of chicken broth, spinach and a little pasta help keep it light. It’s super easy to prepare, too, and as we work our way through another cold snap here on the Left Coast, I was glad to have a steaming bowl of this soup to keep me warm.
Shall we begin?
First, let’s soak that french bread in the milk. Once it’s all good and soggy, squeeze the milk out (yes, with your bare hands), and put it in a larger mixing bowl for the meatball mixture.
Add the remaining meatball ingredients to this bowl and mix well. You should start with a wooden spoon and finish off mixing with your hands for best results. What can I say? Meatballs are messy business!
Preheat the oven to 375F, and get your pan ready. Scoop (2 teaspoons) the meat mixture and shape into little balls, lining up on the pan about 2 inches apart.
Bake these bad boys for 10-12 minutes or until no longer pink inside. While the meatballs are baking, put the chicken broth in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.
Blend the spinach, eggs, Parmesan cheese and white pepper in a bowl. Then drop by the spoonful into the boiling broth, stirring well after each addition. Reduce the heat and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
Now add the meatballs and Orzo pasta to the soup and let simmer an additional 20 minutes or until the pasta is done.
Serve piping hot with a little Parmesan on top and a crusty loaf on the side. Enjoy!
- 1 10 oz package of chopped frozen spinach, thawed
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp ground white pepper
- 4 quarts low sodium chicken broth
- 8 oz Orzo pasta
- Mini Pork Meatballs (recipe below)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Drain spinach, squeezing all the water out.
- Mix spinach, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and white pepper in a bowl.
- In a large pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Drop spinach mixture by the spoonful into the boiling broth, stirring well after each addition. Lower heat and simmer about two minutes.
- Add the Orzo pasta and meatballs, and simmer for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through.
- 2 slices french bread
- ½ cup milk
- 1½ lb lean ground pork
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- In a medium bowl, soak the bread in the milk until soggy all the way through. With your hands, squeeze the milk out of the bread and place in a large bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon (or better yet, use your hands).
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Using a small cookie scoop (ie, two teaspoons full), shape the meat mixture into small balls, and line in rows on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done.
We are celebrating this weekâ€™s birthday event by choosing recipes from contributors that have inspired us in the past year.Â With 52 weeks of inspiration, it was hard to pick just one. Let’s see what others are serving up.
Sunday Supper Appetizers:
- Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip by Hezzi-Dâ€™s Books and CooksÂ inspired byÂ Comfy Cuisine
- So Simple Pizza Puffs byÂ The Weekend GourmetÂ inspired byÂ Hip Foodie Mom
- Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pull Apart byÂ Noshing With The NolandsÂ inspired byÂ In the Kitchen with KP
Â Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:
- Lasagna Soup byÂ The Girl in the Little Red KitchenÂ inspired byÂ Cravings of a Lunatic
- Easy Italian Wedding Soup byÂ WebicureanÂ inspired byÂ Family Foodie
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Soup byÂ Damn DeliciousÂ inspired byÂ Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Honey Butter Dinner Rolls byÂ Dinners, Dishes and DessertsÂ inspired byÂ Chocolate Moosey
- Chicken Noodle Soup byÂ Big Bears WifeÂ inspired byÂ My Catholic Kitchen
- Tomato Florentine Soup byÂ Mama Mommy MomÂ inspired byÂ The Meltaways
- Chicken Soup with Dumplings byÂ Comfy CuisineÂ inspired byÂ The Messy Baker
- Coconut Curry Chicken Soup byÂ My Trials in the KitchenÂ inspired byÂ Damn Delicious
Â Sunday Supper Main Dishes:Â
- Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce byÂ Supper for a StealÂ inspired byÂ Family Foodie
- (GlutenFree) Chicken Bruschetta byÂ The MeltawaysÂ inspired byÂ Family Foodie
- Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew byÂ Kimchi MomÂ inspired byÂ Family Foodie
- Lentils and Chorizo Stew byÂ Galactosemia in PDXÂ inspired byÂ Vintage Kitchen
- Carnitas Pizza w/ Chipotle-Avocado Crema byÂ girlichefÂ inspired byÂ Damn Delicious
- Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas byÂ Country Girl in the VillageÂ Â inspired byÂ Webicurean
- Drunken Meatballs byÂ Small Wallet Big AppetiteÂ inspired byÂ The Foodie Army Wife
- Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo byÂ Magnolia DaysÂ inspired byÂ Family Foodie
- Dorieâ€™s Chicken-in-the-Pot byÂ Hip Foodie MomÂ inspired byÂ Gotta Get Baked
- Pulled Pickled Pork byÂ Juanitaâ€™s CocinaÂ inspired byÂ Daily Dish Recipes
- Hoisin Asian Meatballs byÂ Gotta Get BakedÂ inspired byÂ Damn Delicious
- Shrimp-Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes byÂ Daily Dish RecipesÂ inspired byÂ Juanitaâ€™s Cocina
- Soy, Orange Juice and Red Wine Marinade byÂ Peanut Butter and PeppersÂ inspired byÂ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chicken Burger with Curried Cabbage Slaw byÂ Cindyâ€™s Recipes and WritingsÂ inspired byÂ Soniâ€™s Food
- Corn and Basil Handpies byÂ Curious CuisiniereÂ inspired byÂ Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Lightened Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken byÂ Cupcakes and Kale ChipsÂ inspired byÂ The Meltaways
- JalapeÃ±o Popper Chicken Chili byÂ Food Lust People LoveÂ inspired byÂ Hezzi-Dâ€™s Books and Cooks
- Bigos byÂ Maroc MamaÂ inspired byÂ From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce byÂ From Fast Food to Fresh FoodÂ inspired byÂ Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends
- Pork Loin with Port Shallot Sauce byÂ Bobbiâ€™s Kozy KitchenÂ inspired byÂ Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Sweet & Tender Brisket byÂ Daddy Knows LessÂ inspired byÂ Juanitaâ€™s Cocina
- Fish Tacos byÂ CookistryÂ inspired byÂ Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Homemade Harissa byÂ Masala HerbÂ inspired byÂ The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches byÂ Family FoodieÂ inspired byÂ Kimchi Mom
- New Orleans Style White Beans & RiceÂ byÂ Catholic FoodieÂ inspired byÂ The Hand that Rocks the Ladle
- Spice Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Tropical Salsa byÂ The Urban Mrs.Â inspired byÂ Family Foodie
- Mac n Cheese Cups with Pork Shoulder Ragu byÂ Crispy Bits and Burnt EndsÂ inspired byÂ Hip Foodie Mom
Sunday Supper Veggies:Â
- Carrots au Gratin byÂ Shockingly DeliciousÂ inspired byÂ Juanitaâ€™s Cocina
- Skillet Spinach Corn with Edamame, Cilantro & Bacon Bits byÂ The Lovely PantryÂ inspired byÂ Sueâ€™s Nutrition Buzz
Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks:Â
- Chocolate Brownie Tart byÂ That Skinny Chick Can BakeÂ inspired byÂ Magnolia Days
- Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies byÂ Chocolate MooseyÂ inspired byÂ Juanitaâ€™s Cocina
- Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas byÂ La Cocina de LeslieÂ inspired byÂ Juanitaâ€™s Cocina
- Apple Pull Apart Bread with Caramel Drizzle byÂ Cravings of a LunaticÂ inspired byÂ Gotta Get Baked
- Cherry Tart byÂ Happy Baking DaysÂ inspired byÂ Vintage Kitchen
- Orange Rolls byÂ No One Likes Crumbley CookiesÂ inspired byÂ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Caramel Apple Bread byÂ The Foodie Army WifeÂ inspired byÂ Fam Friends Food
- Rosettes byÂ Simply GourmetÂ inspired byÂ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pumpkin Donut Puffs byÂ Soniâ€™s FoodÂ inspired byÂ Daily Dish Recipes
- Chocolate Chip Cut-out Cookies byÂ Basic and DeliciousÂ inspired byÂ Chocolate Moosey
- Nutella Shortbread Bars byÂ Kelly BakesÂ inspired byÂ Baker Street
- Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies byÂ Momâ€™s Test KitchenÂ inspired byÂ Dinner Dishes and Desserts
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream byÂ The Messy Baker BlogÂ inspired byÂ Cravings of a Lunatic
- Angel Cake Sandwiches byÂ Ninja BakerÂ inspired byÂ That Skinny Girl Can BakeÂ
- Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce byÂ Vintage KitchenÂ inspired byÂ girlichefÂ
- Sweet N Spicy Roasted Spiced Nuts byÂ Sueâ€™s Nutrition BuzzÂ inspired byÂ The Foodie Army Wife
- Cheesecake with Fresh Berries by An Appealing PlanÂ inspired byÂ The Messy Baker Blog
Â Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:
- Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Oat Muffins byÂ In the Kitchen with AudreyÂ inspired byÂ Sueâ€™s Nutrition Buzz
- Budget Friendly Breakfast Freezable Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches by In The Kitchen with KPÂ inspired byÂ Big Bearâ€™s Wife
- Raspberry Hot Chocolate byÂ My Catholic KitchenÂ inspired byÂ Mommaâ€™s Meals
Sunday Supper Wine PairingsÂ byÂ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
What a fun event filled with such good food! I only wish I could actually taste each one. Oh wait! I can. I have the recipes. Time to get cookingâ€¦
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday.Â We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out ourÂ #SundaySupper Pinterest boardÂ for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement?Â Itâ€™s easy. You can sign up by clicking hereÂ â†’Â Sunday Supper Movement.