Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo and Meatballs

Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo and Meatballs

Serves 5 to 6
There are endless variations on this soup, but the main elements are meatballs and greens. In our recipe, we make meatballs of ground beef and pork, and we add plenty of fresh herbs and kale for the green component.
  • Meatballs
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 pound lean ground pork
  • 1/3 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Soup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo
  • 2 cups shredded kale
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For the meatballs, put beef, pork, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, egg, nutmeg, and paprika into a large bowl and use your hands to mix well. Use a teaspoon to measure out meat for even sized meatballs. With damp hands, shape them into 1-inch balls and transfer them to a large plate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.

For the soup, melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until translucent and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Stir in broth, tomatoes, and 2 cups water. Cover and cook 10 minutes over medium heat or until soup comes to a boil.

Add meatballs and orzo to the boiling soup and stir to make sure they are fully submerged. Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes over medium heat. Stir in kale. Test a meatball and a piece of orzo to ensure that they are fully cooked. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: , 420 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 53g carbohydrates, (5g dietary fiber, 9g sugar), 25g protein.
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