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Friday Night Recipe Dump: Italian Wedding Soup
5 years ago


  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground pork (I use ground veal)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound curly endive, coarsely chopped (1 pound of escarole would be a good substitution)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese, beef and pork. Using 1 1/2 teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.

To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and curly endive and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the curly endive is tender, about 8 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin stands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Finish soup with parmesan cheese if desired

5 years ago

I have been making "Wedding Soup" for over thirty years of my adult life.    Wedding soup is such a comfort zone.   I don't know how else to express this...other than this soup with the small veal balls (meatballs) and the other ingredients is superior as a soup.


Because I don't cook with recipes it is sometimes difficult for me to post a recipe because I cook from what is in my head.   This recipe, however, is the closest in terms of ingredients that I have been able to come up with.


Wedding soup in the italian family is special.   It is not made weekly or monthly.  This soup is prepared because there's a special event.  


I hope you will attempt to make this and make it special for your family.

5 years ago

Please try to buy a pound and a half of ground veal.  If you are unable to get that from your grocery store, then use ground beef.    Ground veal, however, is where you need to be in this recipe.   Now for the history of "italian wedding soup."  


This is a "married soup" of vegetables but what makes it special for the italians is that the "ground veal" was special....please prepare this soup for your family.  


Don't forget to spread an aged asiago cheese on top before serving.   


Let me know what your family said about this very special soup.   I've made this soup for my family for thirty years.   

5 years ago

Showed it to the family and this is going to be our Super Bowl Soup on Sunday.  They thought it looks so good so we are going to give it a try.  I have had it once before but your recipe appeals to me so much more, Diane.  So to the grocery store we go tomorrow or Saturday.  I found a place where I can get the ground veal, so we will do it the right way.

5 years ago

I might try to get someone to make this. I'm not much of a cooker.

5 years ago

Well, Hey There, Robby!!   Welcome to Political Derby!   We can make a cook out of you if you stick around!!   LOL.   Hope you'll enjoy navigating around our fun group of very nice people.

5 years ago

Robby, if anyone can teach cooking, Diane can do that.  She makes her recipes very easy to follow and they are all so wonderful.  If you have any reciples to contribute, please do so.  On Sunday we address salads for those of us trying to slim down, so be sure to watch for these too as you can dress them up if you are fortunate enough not to have to watch the calories.  LOL

5 years ago

Diane is a wonderful cook and her recipes are to die for. My mother is also a great cook...guess that explains why some of our family has an obesity

5 years ago

I saved all these Friday Night Recipe Dump recipes from everyone on my computer.  I need to print them off and compile them.

5 years ago

Sandy, we need a PD Cookbook, don't we.  I have been copying them off and saving them in a file in my documents.  They are the greatest.  Diane, please keep them coming and remember, everyone, anyone can share some of their favorite recipes, too as we love to try new things.  Diane has said to feel free as she likes to try new things, too.

5 years ago

Bailey's Irish Cream anyone??? I made this last week and it's better than the original.

  • 1 cup light cream.... heavy whipping cream will make it richer (I used evaporated milk) 
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey (I used Jameson's)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (I skipped this entirely)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using.
  3. Will keep for up to 2 months.

Best served on ice... I mixed it with root beer and it was so good.

5 years ago

Now this looks good.  I will give it a try.  

5 years ago

Bling, you rascal!!    I have all of the ingredients and I can tell you now that I'll be making two of these one for my fantastic "guy" and one for little ole me tomorrow night.   What a recipe!

You are all so wonderful.    I look forward to Friday Night Recipe Dump and the Sunday Salad thread.  

Now, Linda, I don't know if you should try this potent aren't much of a drinker LOL!   This drink could put you in a "spin."   LOL

Thank you, all of you, for making this a fun thread.   Also, to Carol for Wednesday Wit and Sandy for Military Mondays.   None of us gets "paid" for our endless hours on Political Derby and fighting the endless fights out on C2NN but we we do after day, week after week.   

Thanks to Frank and Jim for their funny stories an extended Wednesday Wit grab for them which makes us smile and "sometimes" turn a bit "red" in the face LOL.   You are all so important to the success of our little group.    We've attracted new members who are adding to our fun and we  look forward to their future contributions to PD so that we can get to know them a little bit more.   

This is fun.   This is our "home away from home."    Political Derby has been "low and slow" in terms of building membership but I believe that's the one you build a vital group on Care 2.    The cream always rises to the top.

This post was modified from its original form on 01 Feb, 15:28
5 years ago

Yikes, forgot to address Bling's comments.  Thank you for your compliments about spending a weekend with us.   We had fun!   We talked about my husband's bout with cancer, the treatment, the surgery, his going on disability to get it all done so that we could move forward in our lives knowing we made the right hard decisions for the treatment.   And then Bling's husband got the same cancer and he is fighting the good fight now.    It brought us back together.    As caregivers, we carry a special bond because it's very very hard to be a caregiver when your heart is breaking.

Love you, Bling!

This post was modified from its original form on 01 Feb, 15:39
5 years ago

Thank you and ditto, Diane. All I can say is when immediate family refuses to support you through the trials and tribulations of what one goes through at a time like this, it's a blessing to have the support of friends like you, Linda C., a host of friends and a very special niece that will be here for us through the rough times. You've given me strength with your words of comfort and for that I will be forever grateful. Being a caregiver for my Dad and now my husband has been the most difficult journey in my life and although the rewards are few, I've become a better person knowing that I've done the best I can and guilt will never over shadow me for unsaid goodbyes and good deeds. As my husband's health deterioates weekly, I find solace in your kind words of comfort and support. There are so many good people in this world, and you my friends, have shown your true colors in that respect....Thanks for being here for us.

5 years ago

Blingbling, that is why we are here.  It is so wonderful the way the people on Political Derby, at least those of us that post a lot, have become a great support group for each other.  We like to think we are more family than just people interested in politics.  No matter what, we support each other.  We can disagree on things, but still remain friends and family.  Just know that you are part of that and we are here for you and your husband.

At one time or another a number of us have had times when we needed that support and it has always been there.

5 years ago

Do you remember The Carol Burnett Show when she played "Nurse Goodbody?"   I loved Carol Burnett and especially "Nurse Goodbody" and "Mrs. Zerr-wiggins."    Just to make me smile my husband would tell me I was his "nurse goodbody" when I was caring for him during his bout with cancer.    Honest to God, that man never lost his sense of humor.....and when I reflect on that time in my life I often smile because we got through it....tears, laughs, anger, feeling all alone at made us better people.


  You will get through this, Bling.   


Great words, LindaC!



5 years ago

Diane, you have a jewel in that man and you hang on to him.  It is really something when people are able to deal with what your fella and Bling's husband are experiencing.  

5 years ago

It's a long and hard road and, unfortunately, it is road  traveled by many people with serious medical issues.   It's hard to explain unless you have gone through it.


Thank you, Linda.

5 years ago

So very true gals. There are those who express their concern and ask how my husband is doing but when they follow that question with "how are you doing", I know that they are sincere and understand the role of a caregiver. Watching and caring for someone who is struggling daily, takes its toll and is harder on the caregiver than the patient. Like Diane said, no one can begin to understand how difficult this is until they go through it themselves.My heart goes out to all who have gone through this and who are going through it now.

5 years ago

I do uderstand the role of a caregiver as that is an area that I worked.  It is exhausting for many reasons, the least is the actual care you have to furnish.  It is the emotional aspect that causes the stress and strain.  In so many cases you are afraid to get someone to come in and sit with the person you are caring for as they are most comfortable with you and you are afraid that something could happen while you are gone.  I did Hospice care so I do understand, Bling.  My heart goes out to both the patient and the family member that is the caregiver.  I used to have the family member caregiver tell me that it was just so nice to have someone there to sit with the patient while the took a long, hot bath or shower and a little nap; or to be able to be alone in another part of the home for a little bit; that change of scenery.  

We forget that the caregiver (if it is the wife, husband or other family member) needs to be cared for as well.

5 years ago

Knowing your heart and kindness Linda, you were the best caregiver anyone could ask're truly special and I'm blessed to have your support and friendship.

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