“Soup is the song of the earth… and the home.” – Louis Pullig De Gouy
Frost on the grass, cold wind blowing, and smoke rising from the chimneys… Sure signs that winter is here. After a long cold day of work on the farm, there is nothing better than to come inside to a fire in the hearth and hot Italian Wedding Soup on the stove.
The Season of Soup.
In winter, a favorite soup in the farmhouse is Italian Wedding Soup. The juicy meatballs, fresh vegetables, and hearty broth warms the belly and feeds the soul. It pairs perfectly with some warm bread with butter. This is comfort food at it’s finest.
Some secrets about Italian Wedding Soup.
According to AboutFood.com, this soup originated in Naples and its original Italian name is really minestra maritata, which means “married soup” in relation to the “marriage” or unity of all the ingredients.
Some Italian Wedding Soup recipes call for cooking the meatballs and the pasta in the soup, I prefer baking the meatballs in the oven to ensure they’re thoroughly cooked. I also prefer cooking the pasta separately, rather than in the soup, because I find that cooking the pasta in the soup makes the broth too starchy and the noodles too soggy.
Soup that Satisfies.
The beauty of soup is that it’s incredibly easy to make it your own. Add the vegetables you like best, switch up the meat, substitute rice for pasta… Just to name a few variations. The options are endless and soup can be an incredibly fun way to get creative in the kitchen.
This easy, delicious, and satisfying Italian Wedding Soup recipe is a family favorite and my hope is that after trying it, it will become one of your favorites too.
Happy National Soup Month!