My dear friend Cathy’s kids used to call this grass soup when they were little because it is chock full of fresh spinach that melts into this healthy and tasty soup. I make mine with ground chicken for the tiny meatballs. You could use ground turkey, veal or beef. You can make this soup with canned broth; be sure it is gluten free if you have celiac disease like I do, for some odd reason many manufacturers add some (wheat) flour to their broth. My favorite broth choice is Kitchen Basic, and they also have a low salt broth. Homemade chicken broth is going to make it more flavorful if you have some around but sometimes we just don’t have time to make fresh broth. The recipe is my modifications of a soup by Ina Garten, which can be found on foodnetwork.com.
I discovered a new bread crumb by Alieas Love of Artisan Food; gluten free Italian bread crumbs; and it worked perfectly for this recipe. I found them in my local Giant grocery store. They do have dairy and egg in them if you want to know. The store also had panko bread crumbs by this same company; next time I need panko I know what I am getting.
Don’t freak out if you only have one carrot or don’t want as much of any ingredient; relax and make it your way. Some versions have fresh dill chopped up and added at the end 2-3 tbsp. of it. Next time!
Angie’s Italian Wedding Soup
1 lb ground chicken
1 large egg
About ½-2/3 cup gf bread crumbs
¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium to large yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, unpeeled, sliced into quarter rounds
2 celery stalks diced including the leaves
1 or 2 garlic cloves
½ cup white wine
1 1/2 quarts of gluten free chicken broth
½ cup tiny gf pasta; I found some tiny ring shaped pasta
1 package fresh baby spinach, standard size
½ to 1 tsp. sea salt and some fresh black pepper
Directions: Crack the egg and mix it up well before you dump the rest of your meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stir up with your hands and form into 1 1/4 inch diameter meatballs, 1 and ½ inches maximum. Place them 1-2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, bigger ones will need a few more minutes. If you feel perfectionistic, turn them half way though the baking, not really that necessary though.
While they bake, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan; I used a two quart one. Add the diced onion, celery and carrots. Cook them about 6-8 minutes until soft, add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the broth and white wine to the soup, stirring frequently; bring to a boil and add the meatballs, reheat, add the pasta, cook until nearly done, add the spinach, cook 1-2 minutes; taste and adjust the salt. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Pour in a bowl. I topped mine with some more fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Perfect meal when you want to sooth a still slightly iffy tummy.