Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

My go - to soup for a chilly night! 
Even BETTER the next day :)

1 - 1lb Roll New York Style Brand hot Italian sausage
(or your favorite Italian style sausage)
2 boxes Kitchen Basics Original Chicken Stock
(my favorite stock with no weird ingredients)
2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
2  large organic eggs and 1 t-spoon oregano
1 head cabbage or bunch kale
1 yellow onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 bunch celery
1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley

Have olive oil, kosher salt and pepper on hand.

Swirl olive oil in your soup pot for a few rounds, mostly coating the bottom.

Dice onion and celery, mince garlic.

Heat oil in pot to about medium and then add onions and celery. Stir often and adjust heat as you saute for 10 minutes - too high a heat will brown the onions, you want them to soften and look golden.

Turn the heat down a bit and add minced garlic - stir for one minute.

Add both boxes of stock, 4 cups water, the t-spoon of oregano, a few shakes of kosher salt & cracked black pepper to your liking.

Turn heat up to high and put the lid on.

In a mixing bowl combine the sausage, one egg, 1 cup of the shredded Parmesan and 1/4 cup minced and washed parsley. How do you combine? Get your hands in there and squeeeeesh them all together!

Make 1 inch meatballs out of the mixture and set on a plate.

OPTIONAL - in a large skillet on med - high, brown meatballs, using tongs to rotate until brown on all sides. You still need to simmer the meatballs in the soup for 20 mins. but this adds a different texture.

When soup has come to a boil add meatballs in slowly as to avoid ouchy splashes.
Put lid mostly all the way back on and turn down to a simmer (small bubbles breaking on the surface)
Clean and chop your greens.

Break second egg into a cup - add second cup of Parmesan to the egg and mix with a fork.
When 20 minutes is up add the greens, 1/4 cup chopped parslety and then swirl the cheese and egg mixture into your soup.

Taste the broth and adjust seasoning..... more salt or pepper - maybe some poultry seasoning or other favorite spice - it's up to you!
Simmer for 15 minutes more then enjoy! 

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