Recipe – Italian Wedding Soup
Posted September 6, 2011 by jughandle
Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 120 min Ready Time 2 hour, 30 min Servings: 10 Servings

Ingredients

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Directions

There are as many recipes for Italian Wedding Soup as there are cooks.  We are going to wed the flavors and textures of chicken, spinach, parmesan cheese, white pinto beans and Italian bread croutons.  No meat balls in our soup this time.  As you are making this soup use your own judgment as to how much, meat, spinach, beans and cheese you want.

The day before:

  • Soak 1 bag of dried white pinto beans over night or buy 2- 12 oz cans
  • Make or buy 8 to 12 cups of low sodium chicken stock
  • Shred about 1/2 lb or more of the chicken you made the stock with or cook and shred 2 chicken breasts

To make the soup:

  • In a large pot saute 1 large yellow or white onion, diced small -1/4 inch
  • Also saute 1/2 green and 1/2 red bell pepper and 1 carrot diced to the same size as the onion
  • Saute until soft - about 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil
  • Add 3 cups of the pinto beans
  • Cook the beans at a soft boil until they are almost tender - about 45-60 minutes
  • While the beans are cooking in the broth, cube the Italian bread into 1/2 inch crouton size chunks
  • Lightly toss the croutons in a large bowl with 2 T olive oil and 1/4 t of oregano and 1/4 t of thyme salt and pepper to taste
  • Pour the croutons on a sheet pan and toast in the oven until brown and crunchy, turning once or twice to brown all sides - don't burn them Darlene.
  • Clean, dry and chop into 1 inch squares, 3 cups of fresh spinach
  • When the beans are almost soft enough to eat add the spinach
  • Cook another 20 minutes
  • Then add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and all of the chicken
  • Cook another 20 minutes
  • Now, this is very important - taste the soup - what does it need?
  • If it is bland add a little salt and a dash of Tabasco pepper sauce (just a dash, we're not trying to make it spicy) and a dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • If the flavor just sits there and you can't make out the different ingredients, add 1 T white vinegar and/or the juice of 1 lemon to brighten the flavors
  • Stir it well and taste it again. It should be great - if not adjust the seasonings as needed
  • Add 1/2 cup of croutons to a bowl or large cup and ladle the soup over them.
  • Top with more freshly grated Parmesan