• Italian Wedding or Peasant Soup

    Date: 2011.05.26 | Category: recipes | Tags: ,,,

    Back before I was married with children I used to make an annual pilgrimage to visit my friend Debra in Illinois.  One of our traditions was that I’d bring a favorite recipe and I’d make dinner one night while I was there.  We also enjoyed looking through recipe books and trying new things during my stay, it was a fun way to get out of our cooking ruts.  One night us girls had been out doing something fun all day and we came home to the yummiest smelling dinner simmering on the stove.  Her awesome husband Brian had made us Italian Wedding Soup.  It was so good that I asked for the recipe and it has been a favorite of mine ever since.  Although it’s a stovetop recipe, I’ve made it in the crock pot several times.  I just add the spinach right at the end before serving.

    Italian Peasant Soup

    1 pound sausage or meatballs
    2 medium onions, diced
    6 cloves garlic, diced
    1 pound chicken- cubed
    2 cans beans- drained
    2 cans chicken broth
    2 cans diced tomatoes
    1 tsp basil
    1 tsp oregano

    6 cups chopped fresh spinach

    shredded Parmesan cheese

    In a dutch oven cook sausage or meatballs over medium heat, drain.  Add onions and garlic, saute until tender.  Add chicken, cook and stir until no longer pink.  Stir in beans, broth, tomatoes, and herbs.  Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, add spinach and heat until just wilted.  Serve with Parmesan cheese as desired.

    Every time I make this I think of Deb and Brian.  Hi friends!  I miss you guys!