Recently, my mother was over my house skimming my cookbooks. She asked if I had a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup. I knew I had seen one in Giada DeLaurentis’ book, Giada’s Family Dinners, so I grabbed it off my shelf and she copied it down. Fast forward a few weeks later and I’m not feeling so hot with some sort of flu (despite the darn flu shot!) and I want nothing more than a big bowl of soup. I really wanted Chicken Noodle Soup but I was in no shape to cook so I headed over to Costco and bought a tub of their soup. No good. Very disappointing and very peppery.
A few days later, I’m starting to feel a little bit better and I still want some soup. That Costco Chicken Noodle Soup is fresh in my mind so I can’t even think about making my own Chicken Noodle Soup. I remember now that recipe for Italian Wedding Soup. As I start flipping through Giada’s book, I also notice on the preceding page a recipe for Escarole and Bean Soup. I keep flipping back and forth trying to decide which one to make. I really wanted some meatballs but I wanted that escarole with beans. So, I did what any cook would do. I combined the two and made my own Frankenstein of a soup.
The two soups are very similar with a chicken broth base. I am printing below the recipe for Giada’s Italian Wedding Soup. But here you can find her recipe for the Escarole and Bean Soup. As an added link, here’s Rocco “hottie” Despirito’s recipe for Italian Wedding Soup.
What I did differently is start out by sauteing some diced carrots, onions and carrot in olive oil and caramelizing for several minutes. I then add the escarole for one to two minutes before adding the broth. I also pan-fry the meatballs until they are almost done before adding to broth. I just do not like adding meatballs raw to soup or sauces. Just my thing. I also add a can of rinsed cannellini beans. You could even add some small pasta to this to make it even more heartier.
I loved this soup. In fact, I’ve made it again since these pictures were taken. It’s delicious and filling. The flavors blend very well together and the addition of the egg and cheese at the end is a nice touch.
Overall rating – 5 stars
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