“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.
My Italian Wedding Soup Secrets
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 delicious ingredients.
The marriage of rich chicken broth, juicy meatballs, and fresh vegetables in Italian Wedding soup is a match made in heaven. Some recipes call for cooking the meatballs and the pasta in the soup. However, I prefer baking the meatballs in the oven to ensure they are thoroughly cooked and beautifully brown. I also prefer to cook the pasta separately, unlike some people. It has been my experience that cooking the pasta in the soup makes the broth too starchy and the noodles too soggy, but it’s all about personal preference.
My final secret is that I typically double the meatballs. Since ground meat usually comes in one-pound packages, I use a full pound of ground beef and pork. I use half the meatballs in the soup and the other half I save for later in the week to throw in my red sauce for spaghetti and meatballs. What a time saver!
Soup that Satisfies
The beauty of soup is that it’s incredibly easy to make your own. Add the vegetables you like best, switch up the meat, substitute rice for pasta… Just to name a few variations. With endless options, this soup can be an incredibly fun way to get creative in the kitchen.
Italian Wedding Soup is an easy, delicious, and satisfying recipe that is sure to be a family favorite. We love it here on the farm and my hope is that after trying it, it will become one of your favorites too. The juicy meatballs, fresh vegetables, and hearty broth warms the belly and feeds the soul. It pairs perfectly with some warm bread and butter. This is truly comfort food at its finest.
If you love this recipe, try some of my other delicious and easy soup recipes.
Happy National Soup Month!