zithromax 500mg price zithromax 250 mg zithromax 250 mg price azithromycin tablets 500mg azithromycin tabs azithromycin oral suspension azithromycin mexico buy azithromycin 250 mg azithromycin online pharmacy azithromycin buying online order azithromycin 500 mg azithromycin 500 mg azithromycin 250mg tablets azithromycin 250 mg oral tab azithromycin 250 mg zithromax capsules 250mg zithromax tablets zithromax suspension cost zithromax suspension zithromax pricing zithromax price philippines zithromax oral suspension zithromax 250 z-pak tab zithromax 250mg tablet cheap zithromax buy generic zithromax online buy cheap zithromax online pfizer zithromax azithromycin buy zithromax azithromycin zithromax azithromycin tablets order azithromycin generic azithromycin 250mg tablets cheap azithromycin no prescription cheap azithromycin azithromycin tablets 250 mg azithromycin tablet azithromycin tab 250mg azithromycin prices azithromycin oral uses azithromycin oral tablet azithromycin india azithromycin buy best price azithromycin 500 mg tab 200 mg cialis 30mgcialis 50 mg cialis best cialis prices buy 20 mg cialis online buy cheap cialis buy cheap cialis online buy cheap tadalafil buy cialis canadian pharmacy buy cialis dubai buy cialis generic buy cialis in europe buy cialis in ireland buy cialis in south africa buy cialis now buy cialis online in australia buy cialis online uk buy cialis pills buy cialis singapore buy cialis tadalafil buy cialis toronto buy cialis uk buy generic cialis generic cialis buy tadalafil 20mg price buying cialis from canada buying cialis in australia buying cialis in mexico buying cialis in thailand buying cialis online buying cialis online safe buying tadalafil online cheap cialis 20mg cheap cialis generic cheap cialis generic canada cheap cialis online cheap tadalafil 20mg cheap tadalafil india cheap tadalafil no prescription cheap tadalafil tablets cheap tadalafil uk cheapest generic cialis cheapest tadalafil online cialis 20 mg cialis 20 mg canada cialis 20 mg cost cialis 20 mg price cialis 20 mg tablet lil cialis 20 mg tablets cialis 200 mg cialis 30 mg cialis generic 5mg cialis generic canada cialis generic from canada cialis generic india cialis online pharmacy cialis order canada cialis price cialis price 5mg cialis price at costco cialis price compare cialis price comparison cialis price increase cialis price per pill cialis price walgreens cialis prices in australia cialis prices us cialis purchase online generic cialis buy generic cialis india generic cialis price generic cialis prices generic cialis tadalafil generic cialis tadalafil 20mg generic cialis tadalafil uk generic tadalafil generic tadalafil 20mg generic tadalafil from india order cialis online purchase cialis tadalafil 20mg tadalafil 20mg canada tadalafil 20mg generic tadalafil 20mg india tadalafil 20mg pills tadalafil 20mg price tadalafil 20mg tablets tadalafil 20mg uk tadalafil australia tadalafil best price tadalafil buy tadalafil capsules tadalafil cheapest tadalafil cialis tadalafil citrate tadalafil generic tadalafil generic 10mg tadalafil generic 20mg tadalafil generic cialis tadalafil india tadalafil indian brands tadalafil online tadalafil price comparison tadalafil tablets tadalafil tablets from india tadalafil tablets generic tadalafil tablets india tadalafil tablets online tadalafil tablets prices tadalafil tabs tadalafil uk tadalafil usa walgreens cialis price aciphex 20 mg buy aciphex buy aciphex online aciphex 20 pill aciphex rabeprazole aciphex rabeprazole sodium 20 mg aciphex rabeprazole sodium rabeprazole sodium generic rabeprazole sodium tablets generic rabeprazole rabeprazole 20 mg rabeprazole sodium acomplia rimonabant acomplia rimonabant 20mg acomplia rimonabant canada acomplia rimonabant zimulti buy acomplia rimonabant generic acomplia rimonabant rimonabant 20 mg buy rimonabant buy zimulti online zimulti rimonabant albenza albendazole albenza 400 mg buy albenza albendazole albenza albendazole 400 mg albendazole price buy albendazole buy albendazole online where to buy albendazole order albendazole albendazole no prescription albendazole for humans albendazole tablets 400 mg albendazole uk albendazole tapeworm buy aldactone online buy aldactone no prescription aldactone 25 mg spironolactone aldactone buy spironolactone buy spironolactone online buy spironolactone no prescription buy spironolactone no prescription buy spironolactone uk where to buy spironolactone where can i buy spironolactone spironolactone tabs spironolactone tab 25mg spironolactone tablets spironolactone generic oral spironolactone spironolactone online pharmacy spironolactone 25 mg spironolactone 100 mg spironolactone 100 mg tablet cheap allegra allegra 180 mg allegra 180 generic allegra 180 mg canada allegra 180 mg tablets allegra 120 mg allegra 120 mg tablet buy fexofenadine buy fexofenadine 180 mg tablets where to buy fexofenadine fexofenadine oral suspension allegra fexofenadine fexofenadine 180 mg tab generic fexofenadine lasix 40 mg furosemide 40 mg furosemide 20 mg furosemide 20 mg tab furosemide 40 mg tablets furosemide 40 mg tab buy furosemide 40 mg lasix furosemide 40 mg furosemide tablets 40mg furosemide tabs purchase ciprofloxacin cipro 1000 mg cipro 250mg cipro 250 mg tablet cipro 750 mg cipro 750 mg tablet ciprofloxacin 750 mg ciprofloxacin 250mg ciprofloxacin 250mg tab ciprofloxacin 500mg ciprofloxacin 500mg tablets ciprofloxacin 500mg tab ciprofloxacin tab 500mg ciprofloxacin tablets 500mg tab valtrex valacyclovir buy acomplia rimonabant doxycycline vibramycin Levaquin levofloxacin buy augmentin buy premarin buy femara buy finasteride 1mg buy prozac online buy paxil online buy lexapro online buy luvox online buy cymbalta online buy zyprexa online/ buy seroquel online buy effexor online buy famvir online buy combivir online biaxin 250 mg cleocin 300 mg buy minocycline online zyvox 600 mg prograf 1 mg omnicef 300 mg keflex 750 mg

Italian Wedding Soup

Or as Parker would say, “Bowww-ls.”

I know, I know, enough of the soup, enough of Ina.  But you know, this book is really good, and I’m trying to get all my soups made before it gets too warm.  (It’s already in the 80’s here.)  And don’t act like you couldn’t use some balls of meat right about now.  So, here we go again.

Save up to 50% on select Products at MetroKitchen

I first saw this recipe in “Back to Basics” when I bought it a few weeks ago, and then I saw her make it on her show last weekend.  I had the day off today, so I figure what better time to knock it out?  I had pretty much everything on hand, and where I didn’t, I simply subbed things out.

The meatballs are pretty straight forward–meat, breadcrumb, egg, and a few flavorings.  For my binder, I used 1/2 a cup of dried breadcrumbs, as well as a heaping tablespoon of toasted pinenuts, finely chopped.  I also added a 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, a teaspoon of fresh thyme, and a 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flake.  The Contessa says to throw all the meatball ingredients into a bowl and mix with a fork.  I prefer to combine the binding ingredients first, then add the meat and lightly combine with my fingertips.  This is just extra insurance against overworking the meat, which makes a tough meatball.  As far as the meat goes, the recipe calls for ground chicken and chicken sausage.  I had neither, but I did have a package of 7% ground turkey (which is why I added the extra seasonings).  It came together nicely, and I portioned them out onto my baking sheets.  (Wet hands make for easier ball handling.  Things don’t stick that way.)

Here’s where the mini-disaster occured.

I used to last of my parchment for my first baking sheet.  I thought I had read somewhere that you can use wax and parchment paper interchangeably, so I used the former to line my second sheet.  I popped them both into the oven, and within a couple of minutes, my oven was smoking.  A quick Google lets me know that hey, idiot, you shouldn’t bake wax paper.  So I quickly pulled that tray out and transferred them over to a new, foil lined, and Pam-ed baking sheet.  I salvaged the meatballs, but just so you know, don’t bake wax paper.


So while all this was happening, I was also trying to chop my aromatics.  I used about and onion and half, since that’s what was hanging around in the vegetable drawer, and two carrots, since that’s all I had left after this soup.  I didn’t have any celery, so I obviously didn’t put any in, which is fine with me, as I’m not too big on it anyway.  So those sweated out in a teaspoon of olive oil, waaaaay less than the two tablespoons she says.  (If I’m not making roux, I really don’t see why so much fat is necessary.)  I added the stock, and let it simmer for about ten minutes so the carrots could cook all the way through.

Meanwhile, I cooked the pasta in a seperate pot.  The recipe states to throw it in with everything else and let it cook in the soup.  However, one of the first things I remember my mom teaching me in the kitchen (while making chicken noodle soup) is to ALWAYS cook your pasta seperate in situations like these.  Unless you’re planning on finishing that huge pot of soup as soon as it’s off the burner, the pasta will soak up all the broth.  You end up with too-thick soup and swollen, gummy noodles.  So, I cook my pasta seperately.


While all this business was going on, I stemmed all that friggin spinach.  (Ready to eat my ass.  Hey Ready-Pac people, I’d rather have dirty, stemmed spinach than triple-washed spinach with stems.  Just a thought.) I reallllly hate doing this.  My mom used to delegate this task to me when I was little when she’d make her spinach pasta salad.  Anyway, I stemmed all that crap, roughly chopped it, and added everything (meatballs and greens) into the pot.  I turned off the heat and added the juice of a Meyer lemon, since I had omitted the white wine.  (Don’t keep that particular variety in the house.)  Served myself up a bowl, grated a flurry of Parm over, and enjoyed it in the beautifully sunny dining room with the door to the back wide open.


Quite tasty, if I do say so myself.  The meatballs were ever so slightly lacking in flavor, but I’m fairly certain this is due to the fact I didn’t use the sausage in the meat mixture.  Now excuse me, I’m off to take a walk with the kid outside in the late afternoon, 85 degree weather.

  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Faves
  • Live
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • MySpace
  • LinkedIn
Learn how to HAVE FUN WITH WINE! Click Here!

7 Responses to “Balls in My Mouth”  

  1. 1 Sue

    Sometimes it’s worth the outrageous price of baby spinach in those plastic boxes…

    I NEVER use parchment. I always substitute foil, but you can use wax paper in certain situations. I line my cake pans with wax paper. I guess if you have it mostly covered with batter, it’s okay. Oh wait, I do use it, as well, if I’m covering something I don’t want to dry out. I cut it to the shape of the dish, Pam it and then put it right on the food, like fish for example.

    You’re so lucky it’s 85!

  2. 2 Meleyna

    Maybe it’s the extra moisture you add to the wax paper that keeps it from smoking… I really have no idea. I really don’t know why I just didn’t use foil from the start.

  3. 3 we are never full

    you made me laugh w/: 1) the title of this post (maybe i’m the only one w/ a dirty mind?) and 2) the wax paper incident. i give you credit for having the “meat”balls to admit it! as for this italian wedding soup, well, maybe it’s cause i’m Italian and my grandmom made the best IWS ever, but usually it contains escarole, but the spinach is a nice change. the other thing i loved about my grandmom’s IWS was the mixed up some egg w/ parmigiano and then drizzled it into the soup. it made for these perfect cheese strings in the soup. if you’re interested in trying her recipe next time, i’d love to know what you think! it’s a bit different than ina’s but, well, she’s not italian so i think grandma anna has an edge. http://www.weareneverfull.com/you-dont-have-to-be-italian-or-at-a-wedding-to-enjoy-this-italian-wedding-soup-or-escarole-soup/

    amy @ weareneverfull

  4. 4 Meleyna

    Yeah, I pretty much have the sense of humor of an 11 year old boy. At least I’m aware.

    Your soup sounds fantaaaastic, especially the egg/cheese addition. Unfortunately, round these parts, it’s warm enough to be in a bathing suit. That’s what appealed to me about this recipe–lean meat and baked balls. Your cheesey eggy porky version is quite unfortunately going to have to wait until either it gets cool again, or I stop caring about the impending doom of cellulite.

    Also, thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. 5 BackEa

    Ur stoopid

  6. 6 Meleyna

    I do what I can.

  7. 7 Deb

    You are so not stupid. You are a beautiful young lady with a great sense of humor.
    Pity my sons are both married:)
    Keep writting and cooking.

Leave a Reply