Chef John's Italian Wedding Soup

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  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    4 h 40 m
  • Ready In

    6 h 10 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“Don't wait for a wedding to make this delicious and comforting soup with kale, tiny pasta, and tender little beef meatballs.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings

Directions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a large, heavy pot over high heat; brown beef shank slice in hot oil until seared and browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Add onion, carrot, celery, water, bay leaf, 3 cloves peeled garlic, and black peppercorns; bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until meat falls off the bone and stock turns brown in color, 4 to 5 hours. Add more water if beef stock level gets below about 5 cups.
  2. Place beef short ribs into freezer until firm and very cold, about 15 minutes. Cut meat into cubes and return to freezer until almost frozen, about 30 more minutes.
  3. Whisk egg with parsley, 2 cloves garlic, and cream in a bowl. Stir in bread crumbs and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  4. Place partially-frozen beef cubes into food processor and pulse with with 1/3 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper until beef is coarsely ground, 5 to 10 pulses. Pulse in bread crumb mixture until mixture is finely ground, about 5 more pulses. Transfer meat to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
  5. Strain beef stock into a large soup pot, discarding beef and vegetables. Mix chicken broth into beef stock and whisk in tomato paste. Bring broth mixture to a simmer and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Stir kale into broth; simmer kale until tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Scoop 2-teaspoon portions of the meat mixture and roll into meatballs.
  7. Pour pastina into the simmering soup, cook for 5 minutes, and gently add meatballs. Simmer until meatballs are cooked through and tender, about 15 minutes. Serve in bowls garnished with a pinch of black pepper or a sprinkle of shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 214 cal
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs
  • 16.8 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 14.5 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 761 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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