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Mar 14, 2011

Italian Wedding Soup a la Awesome!

This glorious Italian Wedding type soup was incredibly flavorful and I’m definitely going to make it over and over again. I say it’s an Italian Wedding TYPE soup because I used turkey for the meatballs and bulgur wheat (that grain in tabouli) instead of pasta. I also made my own chicken stock, which has become my new favorite past time since I got my pressure cooker!

Italian Wedding Soup

Mmmmm, look at that. I wish I had more now.

Celery & CarrotsStock Spices

Ooooooo fresh veggies and seasonings! I used Herb de Provence which is a mixture of savory, fennel, basil, thyme, and lavender flowers, poultry seasoning which is a mixture of thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, black pepper, and nutmeg, and I used some more thyme because who doesn’t love thyme?! These herbs went all over the veggies and chicken I roasted for the stock…

Chopped veggies

Carrots, celery, shallots, onions, garlic, and a whole lemon cut up were the base for the chicken to roast on.

My Knife

Le sigh, look at my pretty knife! Shun’s are excellent, I recommend them.

Uncooked Chicken

I roasted three attached leg + thigh pieces for the stock until golden brown and the inside reaches 165 degrees.

Roasted Chicken

The chicken turned out so juicy and scrumptious that I almost didn’t make stock out of them. I finally made the stock but I definitely picked at the chicken a bit before.

Chicken Stock

I put all of the roasted veggies with the chicken (minus my snack potion) with some extra raw onions, couple cloves of garlic, a celery stock, 10-12 black peppercorns and a couple of whole all spice berries into the pressure cooker and cooked on the high pressure setting for about a hour. Then after straining the stock and seasoning with salt and pepper I had a SUPER DELICIOUS chicken stock. Mmmmm!

Meat balls

Then I made tiny turkey meatballs with a bit of the chicken fat from the soup, parsley, garlic, shallots, bread crumbs and salt & pepper.

Meatballs in the oven

I baked these until golden brown instead of pan frying them because there were sooooo many that would have taken fooooorreeevvveer.

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup (Kinda). Then into the stock went the bulgar wheat which I cooked until tender. I then added diced carrots, diced zucchini, diced onions, chopped fresh spinach, fresh parsley, and last but not least the tiny turkey meatballs at the end after all the veggies are cooked.


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