Real authentic Italian wedding soup. A traditional family favorite recipe is easy to make in the crockpot, delicious homemade meal. A comforting easy weeknight meal.
Author: Melanie Kathryn - Gather for Bread
3large carrotspeeled and chopped
salt and pepperto taste
1lblean ground beef
1slicebreadtorn into very small pieces
1/4cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
1tablespoonolive or other cooking oil(if sauteing)
Soup Add ins
8ouncesendive or escaroletrimmed and torn into 1/2 inch strips
1cupacini di pepepastina or other small pasta, uncooked
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a slow cooker combine the following: chicken broth, carrots, onion, parsley, oregano and garlic. Turn on low heat for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.
For the meatballs:
In a medium bowl combine, egg, ground beef, onion, parsley, garlic, bread, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Shape into 1 inch balls.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake meatballs for 15 minutes or until no longer pink and cooked through.
Or you can cook in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs, flipping as needed until cooked through. Place on paper towels to drain.
Blot with a paper towel. Place the meatballs in slow cooker with chicken broth, vegetables, and seasonings.
Add the pasta and torn endive or escarole to slow cooker 20 minutes prior to mealtime. Cover again and cook until pasta and greens are tender, about 20 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
You may choose to bake the meatballs or pan fry them. For less grease, I blot the cooked meatballs with a paper towel before throwing into the slow cooker.You can also make ahead of time, bake and freeze. Just pop them into the slow cooker in the first step with the broth, carrots, and seasonings.If you'd like you may also use spinach or kale in place of the endive or escarole.