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Barefoot Contessa Italian WEdding Soup

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Sorry if this is a duplicate post...it doesn't seem like my first one made it online......

has anyone made this soup? The photo looks yummy. I need to take a soup to my grandparents and thought this would be a change without being overly exotic for them. I don't think I will be able to get chicken sausage at my local grocery but think pork would be ok?
Any suggestions or reviews would be great!

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  1. I would recommend any basic Italian Wedding soup recipe--aka escarole soup. Chicken sausage has never been a part of any that I've tried. Usually, it's just garlic, escarole, small meatballs (beef, pork, egg, breadcrumbs, parm, salt, pepper and parsley) and some chicken stock. I also always add a rind of a real parmesan(that is imported and not a cheap knock off--the cheap stuff has strange rinds).

    1. This is an amazing soup! I used turkey Italian sausage instead of chicken. I also took the soup somewhere and added the pasta and spinach when I got to the house. The meatballs are so tasty I will just make them sometime!

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      1. re: KeriB

        Thanks good to know. I was also planning on also adding the pasta and spinach when I get there tomorrow. I ended up getting a combination of ground chicken and sweet Italian pork sausage - I think it will be fine - especially with all of the other good flavors going into the soup.

      2. Yes...we made it from Ina Garten's cookbook...The Barefoot Contessa. I called for ground chicken and Italian sausage for the meatballs. The soup was to die for and I love Italian Wedding soup and usually make Mary Ann Esposito's from Caio Italia. This was hearty and so tasty. The Italian sausage gives the ground chicken meatballs that little extra zip of flavor to make this an outstanding soup and recipe. Enjoy!

        1. Jenny, I found the addition of dill is bit odd. The soup was tasty but, in no way, reminded me of any Italian Wedding Soup that I've had or made before. That's not to say it was bad; just not what I expected. Make it and call it by a different name. It's lovely of you to do this for your grandparents, what a nice gesture.
          Edit: I recommend mading small meatballs instead of using chicken sausage.