With Old Man Winter refusing to give us a break and frigid cold temperatures in the single digits across most of North America, and with no warm up in sight; we thought this weekend was a great time to try our Italian Wedding soup from Food Network Chopped Champion and Cut Throat Kitchen winner Chef Joe Rego.
Since staying warm and out of the cold is at the top our list for this weekend we thought it might be at the top of yours as well. It’s the perfect weekend to stay home and invite friends over for a game night and a bowl of this bold and hearty soup. To complete this meal and enhance the game night ambiences add a loaf of crusty Italian bread and a glass of red wine. Chef Joe Rego suggests pairing his Italian Wedding soup with a Barbera, Barbaresco or Primitivo wine; all of which he promises will enhance and complement the delicious flavors of the soup nicely.
You can also change out chicken for the Italian sausage and chicken broth for the beef broth. No matter what you decide, this soup is delicious. We have also included the video with Chef Joe giving you step by step directions to make his yummy and oh so easy Italian Wedding soup. Magnifico!
- 1 Large yellow onion – diced ¼ inch
- 1 Cup of carrots – diced ¼ inch
- 1 Cup of celery – diced ¼ inch
- 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh garlic
- 2 Tbsp of fresh oregano – chopped
- 1 LB Italian sausage
- 1 Small can of white beans
- ½ Cup of orzo pasta
- 1 Cup of crushed whole peeled tomatoes in a can
- 2 Cups of fresh baby spinach
- 3 Tbsp of kosher salt
- 6 Cups of beef broth (1 and half 32 oz boxes)
In a 6 Qt pot turn heat to medium heat, cook and crumble sausage until browned. Drain off excess fat and return sausage to pot. Add the onions, celery, carrots and garlic, cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the fresh chopped oregano and beef broth, cover with Redy-cook Valve open, when it whistles add beans, tomatoes, orzo, spinach and salt. Replace lid with Redy-cook Valve closed turn heat down to medium low and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
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