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Italian Wedding Soup

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  • 40 min prep time
  • 40 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 6 servings

Enjoy this Italian soup made using vegetables and macaroni topped with cheese – perfect for a marriage feast.

Ingredients

2
teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2
cup finely chopped onion
1
garlic clove, minced
2
cups diced zucchini
2
cups diced yellow summer squash
1
cup diced red bell pepper
3
(14 1/2-oz.) cans ready-to-serve chicken broth
5
oz. (1 cup) uncooked macaroni rings or ditalini (short macaroni tubes)
2
cups fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Steps

  • 1 Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in zucchini, summer squash and bell pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2 Add broth and macaroni rings; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Add spinach; cook 1 minute or just until wilted. To serve, spoon soup into individual soup bowls. Top each with cheese.
  • 1 Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in zucchini, summer squash and bell pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2 Add broth and macaroni rings; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Add spinach; cook 1 minute or just until wilted. To serve, spoon soup into individual soup bowls. Top each with cheese.

Expert Tips

In the Southern and the Abruzzi regions of Italy, wedding soup is part of the celebratory marriage feast. The soup consists of chicken broth simmered with escarole, a broad-leafed mild endive. Tiny shaped pasta and meatballs are also added to the soup. Wedding soup is garnished with freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Our Italian Wedding Soup is a meatless version made with spinach in place of the escarole.

Ditalini, Italian for “little thimbles,” are very small, short tubes of pasta that keep their shape well when cooked.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
180
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
710mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
4g
Protein
10g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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