The whole family loves this Italian wedding soup with tender meatballs, veggies and pasta in a rich, flavorful broth.
Prep Time:50 Minutes
Cook Time:30 Minutes
Total Time:1 Hour 20 Minutes
For the Meatballs
1 large egg
3 tablespoonsfinely chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 lb 85 or 90% lean ground beef
1/2 lb sweet or hot Italian sausage, removed from the casings
1/2 cupgrated Parmigiano Reggiano
1/3 cupItalian seasoned bread crumbs
For the Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
6 cupshigh-quality chicken broth, such as Swanson (do not use low-sodium)
2 cupshigh-quality beef broth, such as Swanson (do not use low-sodium)
1/2 cupdry white wine (optional)
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon white pepper (okay to use black pepper)
1 cupsmall pasta such as dittalini
4 ozfresh spinach, stems trimmed and roughly chopped (once prepped, you should have about 3 packed cups)
Parmigiano Reggiano, for serving
Make the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set an oven-proof roasting rack over top. Spray the rack generously with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat the egg with the chives, sage and garlic. Add the remaining meatball ingredients and mash with your hands until evenly combined. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls (about 1-inch in diameter) and place on the prepared rack. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Set aside.
Meanwhile, start the soup. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add the chicken broth, beef broth, water, wine, bay leaf, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, uncovered, at a gentle boil until the pasta is al dente, 8 to 10 minutes (or according to package directions). Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Reduce the heat to low and add the spinach and meatballs. Simmer for a few minutes, until the spinach is wilted and the meatballs are warmed through. Ladle into bowls and serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen for up to 3 months but wait until you reheat the soup to add the pasta. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until simmering, add the pasta, and cook until the pasta is tender.