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Italian Wedding Soup With Chicken Meatballs and Parsley

This veggie-packed take on Italian Wedding Soup has more greens than the traditional version.
Italian Wedding Soup
  • Yield 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep Time 45 to 70 minutes
  • Cook Time Included in prep time

Ingredients

For the soup base:

  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to garnish

For the meatballs:

  • 1/2 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

STEP 1
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
STEP 2
Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, then add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, and sauté until al dente.
STEP 3
Add the chicken stock and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
STEP 4
While the stock is simmering, make the meatballs by mixing the ground chicken with the egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
STEP 5
Shape into small balls with a teaspoon or a small scoop and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Add to the simmering soup.
STEP 6
Add the broccoli rabe, parsley, and cannellini beans, and simmer five minutes to heat through.
STEP 7
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
STEP 8
Serve with a fresh grating of Parmesan cheese.

For more wholesome and comforting soup recipes, see “5 Cozy Fall Soup Recipes“.

Photography by: Terry Brennan; Food Styling by: Betsy Nelson

Betsy
Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson (a.k.a. “That Food Girl”) is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and food stylist.

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