Foodie, Main Eats, Soups

Italian Wedding Soup (with Barley)

January 27, 2014
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It’s the end of the month, which means our grocery budget is all used up and it’s time to get creative with meals.

Soup is ALWAYS a go-to meal for cleaning out the pantry/freezer. After a quick trip to the chest freezer, I came back with some frozen ground chicken and several mason jars of chicken stock. My first thought was Italian Wedding Soup!

A stroll over to the pantry, and I found myself empty-handed in the pasta department (we don’t eat pasta regularly, so it’s hardly ever in the pantry any more) BUT I had some leftover barley. Perfect!

It all came together in a matter of minutes and, although it isn’t “true” Italian Wedding Soup, it tasted awesome!

Here’s What You’ll Need

For the Meatballs:

-1 pound ground chicken

-1/2 cup bread crumbs

-1 egg

-1 tsp garlic powder

-1 tsp onion powder

-1 tsp dried oregano

-1 tsp dried basil

-salt and pepper

-plus 1 tbs olive oil for browning

**If you have fresh or dried parsley, throw some in too. I didn’t have any on hand**

For the Soup:

-1 medium yellow onion

-3 carrots

-2 ribs of celery

-2 cloves of garlic

-1 tbs olive oil (or ghee)

-8 cups chicken stock

-2 large handfuls of baby spinach: chopped

-1 handful of pearled barley

-1 tsp dried basil

-1 bay leaf

-salt and pepper

In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients. Mix together using your hands (go ahead, get dirty). Shape into small meatballs; about a tablespoon of meat each.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add 1/3 of the meatballs to the skillet and lightly brown. Repeat until all the meatballs are cooked. Set aside

**Don’t worry about cooking the meatballs all the way through. They will finish cooking in the soup**

In an enameled dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; sauté until veggies are soft. Add garlic, chicken stock, spinach, meatballs, barley, dried basil, and bay leaf to the dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 to an hour (the longer you simmer, the more flavorful the soup will be). Salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 6

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1 Comment

  • Reply sseifert7 January 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Sounds delightful!

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