The perfect chilly night dinner at home! This Simple Italian Wedding soup is whole food, is easy to make, healthy and paleo
I loosely adapted this soup from a reader recipe featured in the Clean Eating Magazine. I liked the concept of the original soup recipe, but I wanted to replace/remove some ingredients, so this recipe turned out quite a bit different than the original.
In addition to being Paleo and allergy friendly, this dish is also very simple. For a Greek flavor twist, try subbing the ground turkey with ground lamb and adding some Greek seasoning and marjoram.
Fun Fact: the name “Italian Wedding” Soup is actually a misnomer as the soup really has nothing to do with weddings. The original Italian name for the soup (minestra maritata) simply refers to greens and meat “marrying” well in this dish.
Versions of this soup have been enjoyed throughout Europe for centuries, long before adding pasta to the dish became popular. The Italian Wedding Soup served at Italian restaurants is the American version of this traditional fare. If you want to read more about this, check out this article.
The original recipe calls for orzo pasta, but I left out the starches in this recipe. If you miss the starch, you can add your favorite gluten-free pasta, brown rice, or quinoa. Or, you can add some sunflower seeds or pine nuts for a texture twist.
The basic idea here is a broth-based soup filled with greens and meat. Simple, healthy, delicious, and allergy-friendly. ‘Nough said; let’s eat!