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Italian Wedding Soup

Superbowl Sundayyyyyyyy is here!

And as Green Bay Packers fans this is setting up to be an exciting one 😛

I’m trying out two fun recipes for the game festivities —-> here’s a sneak peak.

Now let’s just cross our fingers that The Packers pull through or else not even this delicious food is going to make for a very happy boyfriend hahaha.

Well last night we were supposed to have Fanatic Fam over for a belated birthday dinner, however Fanatic Dad got the flu so we thought it best to reschedule 😦

What I didn’t reschedule was the actual dinner itself, and I’m so glad I didn’t because this new to me recipe was well worth the less than an hour of effort!

Super flavor punch for such little time 🙂

Enough time to get us to the movies to see this lil’ romantic comedy:

Loved. It.

But back to dinner, which like I said was a new-to-me recipe.

A recipe I’d like to dub as “how I got The Man to eat spinach.”

He hates cooked leafy greens.  Hates them.  Well hated them I should say… until tonight!  Yep, that’s right.  This recipe got even The Man to dig into some cooked leafy greens and enjoy every bite 😀

Italian Wedding Soup

I followed this recipe, making a few modifications as noted below.

Recipe courtesy of Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.

Main changes were using more pasta than called for (we like less broth), panko for bread crumb and dried oregano and basil in place of the seasonings noted.

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15)
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil & 1 tsp dried oregano
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

This Whole Foods ground beef is our favorite, has a really really great flavor.

Mix it all up and get your hands dirtyyyyyyy!

You want the meatballs to be small, this takes patience, trust me 😛

About 1 tablespoon each I would guess.  And it makes about 40 U would say?

The Soup

  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 6 cups organic chicken broth (1.5 containers)
  • 1 cup ditalini
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese for serving

Start by prepping all your veggies.

Then saute the carrot and onion in olive oil for a few minutes until they start to get tender.  I’d say about 10, adding some chicken broth if they start to stick.

During the last couple minutes add your garlic and basil too.

Then in goes the broth, which you’ll want to bring to a boil.

Once the soup is boiling, drop in your mini meatballs one at a time (and thank your photographer for a wonderful meatball shot 🙂 )

Then add in your pasta and spinach.

Allow this to boil for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta and meatballs are done that the starch from the pasta has thickened up the soup a bit.

Serve this delicious warm bowl of goodness with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese!

Oh yummmmm.  Yum.  Yum.

Why have I never had Italian wedding soup before?

I was definitely missing out!

This bowl of simple yet amazing flavors seriously warmed me inside and out!  The meatballs had the perfect hint of garlic flavor while the soup was so satisfyingly warm & savory with the chunks of veggies and creamy broth.

I told The Man that I may have to start making this every week.  I liked it that much 😛

He loved it too.  And agreed to eat it that often.  Good thing huh 😉

Like I said, I was a bit apprehensive on how the spinach would go over with this so-called spinach hater (kale, collards, etc. hater) but it was a definite winner. 

This one is a keeper!

Do you have any special ways/recipes to sneak in cooked leafy greens for a picky veggie eater? 

GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!

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Farmer’s Market in the kitchen

Hey everyone!  Well I’ll just get right to it, since I know we’ve all had a busy week and are ready for the weekend 🙂

Remember all those fabulous farmer’s market finds from yesterday’s after work adventure?  Well tonight was the night to bring them to “life” in the kitchen!

Farmer’s Market find #1:

Fresh black pepper pasta

Holy heaven in a pasta bundle!  This vendor had many different types of fresh pasta bundles for sale, including squid ink which is just so gorgeous but I think I may have to ease into that one 😉

I’m thinkin’ it may be gluten-free too, but I’ll have to follow up on that one.  Update:  they do offer gluten-free options.

For dinner I really wanted to make a pasta dish with a sauce that wouldn’t weigh this pasta down or take away from it’s fresh pepper-ey-ness..

So I came up with some mini-meatballs w/ fresh herbs and a quick throw together tomato sauce!

  • 1/2 lb grass fed local ground beef, doesn’t get any better
  • 1/4 cup bread crumb
  • fresh fennel (herb)
  • 1 egg
  • S&P

To make the mini meatballs I just mixed all the ingredients together and made lil’ 1 inch rounds…

 

Then just added to a hot pan with some cooking spray to brown up and cook most of the way through.

In the meantime I got the sauce started by adding 2 cloves minced garlic to 1 tblsp olive oil for about a minute, then simply a can of Italian tomatoes.

Once the meatballs had browned up I then added them to the warmed sauce, layering on top and bringing to a low simmer (covered) to finish cooking!

I let this simmer away while the rest of dinner was prepared, so easy 😛

Farmer’s Market find #2:

I think this is some sort of baby bok choy, but I can’t remember for the exact name for the life of me?!  I’ll have to ask them when I’m there on Saturday (the beauty of getting produce right from the farmer, no?) 🙂

Washed, chopped and sauteed with a lil’ minced garlic, olive oil and salt & pepper…

Loved this stuff!  The baby bok choy is much softer than your traditional “bok choy” in my opinion.  The texture and flavor were sooooooooo gooooooooood…  good thing I’ll be back at the farmer’s market again on Saturday! 😛

The Man stated upon being served his pasta dinner:  “This has the makings to be one of the best pasta bowls I’ve ever had!”

Verdict?  Outta control good.  This fresh pasta had the most amazing flavor & texture…  the fresh flavors of the meatballs and simple tomato/garlic sauce was perfect topped with some freshly grated Parm!  Loved this dinner 😀

And get excited friends, bc I have some fun things coming up veryyyyy soon that have to do with a fabulous new product that I know you have seen on the blog before!!!! 😉

 

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so happy to say this, but seriously, TGIAF!!!

I am exhausted and in much need of some tv snuggle time with my loves.  Lata gatas.

Enjoy your Thursday night!