Sunday, February 27, 2011

Italian Wedding Soup {gluten free}

What's not to like about a bowl of steaming, flavorful, cheesy broth with tasty meatballs? My family loved it, the kids too. It's rich without being heavy. I added collard greens, which stand up very well in this soup. Check out the recipe to see how I made the meatballs gluten free. Serve this with some crusty bread and a fresh green salad and you've got dinner...and...lunch the next day!

Recipe: (serves 8)
for the Meatballs:
1 small onion, minced
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/4 cup Egg Beater's (or 1 egg)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plain gluten free oats (or 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
~1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey

For the soup:
10 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 bunch collard greens, stems removed, greens chopped or 5-6 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
2 large eggs
2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
Salt and pepper

1. Bring broth to a simmer in a big soup pot.

2. In a medium bowl mix together Ground turkey, onion, Italian Seasoning, Egg Beater's, garlic, salt, cheese and oats. Add a twist of fresh ground pepper and stir to combine. Form the meat mixture into small bite-sized meatballs {I used a small 2 tablespoon sized kitchen scoop (#60 size) for quick work of it}, place on a baking sheet or other large surface and set aside.

3. Gently drop meatballs into the simmering broth one at a time. Add the chopped collard greens and continue to simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the greens are tender, ~8-10 minutes.
4. In another bowl mix the whole eggs and Parmesan with a whisk. Reduce heat under soup so you don't scramble the egg then pour the egg & cheese mixture into the soup pot through a slotted spoon, stirring constantly for a couple minutes until the soup thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can also add some white beans, etc. for variation.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot with some crusty bread {we had Pamela's gluten free bread made in the bread machine=delish} and a crisp green salad.

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