I was thinking about Italian Wedding Soup at first, but to be honest - other than wee meatballs - I am not so sure what all goes into that soup. Then we got out FTW box (Farm To Work - a CSA arrangement) and it is that GREENS time of year - gorgeous curly mustard, collards, kale, beets and turnips with tops, bok choy - so I decided to combine them with the little meatballs and a soup was born. And it was good. —aargersi
One big pot of soup
Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
buttermilk (or regular milk if that's what is in the fridge)
a large pinch dried thyme
salt and pepper
olive oil to cook the meatballs and onion
chicken broth (maybe more depending how brothy you want your soup to be)
marinara (I use home made that is very simple and thin, just tomatoes, garlic, basil and a little salt - avoid a super thick one with loads of stuff added
diced red bell pepper
stalks diced celery
diced yellow onion
very large mixing bowl full of cleaned chopped greens - ours is a 5 quart bowl, and it was full, but they were fluffed up in there not mashed down
shredded parmesan to serve
In This Recipe
Make the meatballs - mix the buttermilk, breadcrumbs and thyme together. Add in both meats and some ground pepper. Gently mix - by hand is easiest - and then form small meatballs - I made mine about the size of a big .25 cent gumball. Heat the olive oil on a big skillet and brown the meatballs. You may need to do this in two batches. Remove them to a plate and set them aside. I had about 25 meatballs.
Put a bit more olive oil into your soup pot. Heat to medium and sweat the onions, then add the celery and carrot. Season with a pinch of salt. Add the broth and marinara, then the peppers and zucchini and bring to a simmer. Add the meatballs and stir gently - continue to simmer. After say, 15 minutes or so, add the greens and cover (you will probably have to push down on the greens) and let that simmer until they wilt and behave themselves.
Now it's just a manner of simmering until the veggies are tender and the flavors are melded, just make sure you stir gently so you don't bash up the meatballs. I also just realized I never added any garlic. Feel free to do so although it's quite good without.
Serve each bowl of soup topped with a generous scoop of parmesan. Grilled bread and romaine and a glass of red wine is a good thing too.