This is a very tasty soup which features pasta, fresh spinach, and tiny meatballs.
Italian Wedding Soup
3/4 lb ground chuck
1/2 lb ground sausage
1-1/2 cups dry breadcrumbs
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
2- 15 oz cans chicken broth
2 cans water
8 oz rotini pasta (I used whole wheat)
2-3 cups fresh spinach leaves, stems removed and torn into pieces
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
fresh or canned mushrooms
1 can drained garbanzo beans (optional- I actually won't add these next time)
1 can artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
fresh Parmesan cheese for garnish
In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, sausage, eggs, bread crumbs, oregano, and rosemary. Shape mixture into bite-sized meatballs. (I ended up with 110). Brown the meatballs in olive oil in a skillet. Drain on paper towels. In a large saucepan, combine broth and water and bring to a boil. Add pasta, meatballs, mushrooms, and spinach. Simmer until pasta is tender. You may need to add more water. Add artichoke hearts. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Yield: About 8 servings
Form bite-sized meatballs:
Brown in olive oil. They will finish cooking while they simmer in the soup.
Cook the soup until the pasta is tender:
Serve by candlelight: