Comfort Food: Italian Wedding Soup!

Morning!

Hope you all had a wonderful President’s Day! Did you take off? I did a bunch of work, but had Danny home with me. I decided to basically unplug for most of the day and skipped blogging all together. It was so nice to mostly put down the phone and just focus on real life.

Yesterday I also got in a 3.5 mile run with Danny. We used to run 2-3 times a week together, so even though it was cold we decided to suck it up and just get out there. It was worth it, even though the winds were cold, it wasn’t too bad.

Onto food, which is clearly more important. I’ve been having a love affair with soup lately. Well soup and pecorino romano. I make it more than once a week, which is funny because it’s not even that cold out.  My Aunt Millie used to make an Italian wedding soup with basically anything she had thrown in. The key were the tiny little meatballs.

She’s since stopping making the soup, I mean she is 95, so I don’t blame her. This weekend we were feeling a bit nostolgic and decided to give it a go ourselves. I knew it was never going to be as good as hers…and it wasn’t, but it was pretty darn good.

The key to this, like I said, are the tiny meatballs. If you can grab an extra set of hands for help, then it will go faster!

You can make this basically however you want, but I chose to go with lean turkey meat to make it even healthier. The fat from the meatballs if you used pork, beef or non-lean turkey meat probably would enhance the flavor, but I really didn’t miss it!

To me this soup is super comforting, so really feel free to do whatever you want with it. Aunt Millie may have added a can of diced tomatoes, some potatoes, zucchini or anything else she had on hand. I kind of did the same because I wanted a very simple soup. Also feel free to serve with some tubettini or orzo pasta and dump even more grated cheese on it. That’s my kinda dinner!

I’ve got to get some Pure Bliss orders together and out! Not sure what the gym holds for me today, but we’ll see when I get there!

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Have a wonderful day! 

 

A Couple Meat-a-balls!

This weekend we had a lot going on, all good things, but we were very busy. On Saturday I went bridesmaid dress shopping for a friend’s wedding that I am in. We had great success and found a beautiful Vera Wang navy blue dress. I would put a picture up but it’s part of the Spring 2010 collection and it’s not online anywhere yet.

After shopping on Saturday I had to get my cooking pants on because Danny’s brother, wife and 3 kids were coming from Maryland on Sunday. The kids wanted to go to the top of the Empire State Building and Danny and I wanted to take them to M&M; world. I knew we’d be exhausted when we got home so I wanted to do most of the cooking before hand.
I made a typical Sunday dinner (for my family) and made cavatellis and meatballs. I made a huge pot of sauce and whole wheat Italian bread also (with my trusty bread maker.)
(2 cloves chopped garlic and onion, browned at the bottom with olive oil. 2 big cans crushed tomatoes, 1 can sauce, 1 small can paste. Let simmer for thirty minutes. Add oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.)
Then it was onto the meatballs. Meatballs in my family is done by “eye-ing” it. We never have written down the recipe so I am going to try to put it down as best as I can. These came out nothing short of amazing.

1.5 pounds lean chop meat (makes about 35 small meatballs)
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup pecorino romano grated cheese
2 eggs
1 tbs each oregano, basil, parsley
sprinkle sea salt and pepper

Mix together and roll into small balls.
It helps if you have a great meat ball roller.Heat up the oil (vegetable oil works best, about 1/4 inch at bottom of pan) slowly. When it seems hot then put them in. Roll them around until they are completely cooked (5-8 minutes)…
Done and Done. Yummy. Usually 3/4 go in the sauce and 1/4 stay on the counter for people to pick on. Since it was just Danny and I Saturday I kept about 5 out on the counter for Danny…and this kept happening…
I put the big pot in the refrigerator overnight. I took it out before we went into the city. We spent about 3 hours there and came back and it was ready to be heated up. I put up the cavatelli’s and in about 20 minutes we were ready to eat. Even though the Culver’s don’t eat as much as my family (haha) it was a great meal.

We have lots of leftovers, which we will be eating tonight. Obviously meatballs aren’t healthy, but they are a great treat every once in awhile. And when you are Italian, how can you not enjoy them??? Happy THREE day week!