Minestra maritata (Married soup)

Minestra maritata (Married soup)


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About this recipe: This Italian soup is also known as wedding soup. It refers to the marriage of flavours between meat and greens. In this soup beef mince meatballs are simmered with escarole and orzo. It's a delicious soup. Serve with grated Parmesan.

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Serves: 4 

  • 225g lean minced beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1.3 litres chicken stock
  • 100g thinly sliced kale or escarole
  • 200g uncooked orzo pasta
  • 50g finely chopped carrot

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. In medium bowl, combine beef, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, basil and onion powder; shape into 1.75cm balls.
  2. In large saucepan, heat stock to boiling; stir in kale, orzo pasta, chopped carrot and meatballs.
  3. Return to the boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook at slow boil for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

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