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Your Wednesday recipe

Posted by laurie on August 24, 2011

My former neighbor gave me this easy recipe for Italian Wedding soup. Chop up a large onion and a few cloves of garlic. Sautee them in olive oil in a large pot for about 5 minutes. Then pour in 2 cartons of chicken broth. I’ve found that Swanson Organic Free Range chicken broth actually tastes like chicken. Bring it to a boil and add a little less than half of a package of Acini de Pepe, a teeny tiny pasta that plumps up like you wouldn’t believe. While it cooks for a few minutes prepare some meatballs. Since I’m Jewish and never learned how to make them (we only do matzoh balls, although I can’t make those either), I buy precooked turkey meatballs and cut them up into small pieces. Put those in the soup. In another couple of minutes add a bag of baby spinach (and marvel at how quickly it shrinks!) Then add maybe 1/8 cup of grated parmesan cheese, and a couple splashes of half-and-half. Let simmer until you’re ready to eat. It’s delicious!

I don’t get this. If one of them gets too close to the other’s supper bowl they growl. But this is OK. Maybe it’s because Phillip is wielding the ladle?

21 Responses to “Your Wednesday recipe”

  1. Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    They are too busy enjoying the yummy treat to growl. 🙂 At least, that’s what I think happens with ours- they focus on the food and forget that other dog is there also.

  2. SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    Mine do the same thing. The soup sounds yummy. I’m going to try it. Thanks!

  3. Karen S. said

    “Acini de Pepe, a teeny tiny pasta that plumps up like you wouldn’t believe.”

    Just like beagles!

  4. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    One of my guilty pleasures is allowing the beags to finish up the milk in my cereal bowl. They both get their little faces in there (licking like crazy of course) and they look so sweet – just like when they were little beagle puppies. Then they move off, snorting and snarfing and they’re back to adult, competitive dogs again.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Cody waits until I finish my oatmeal (or Cheerios) and then gets to lick out the little bit in the bottom of the bowl. He’ll put his chin on my leg (adorable!) and look up at me with those liquid brown eyes until I’m finished and he can have his share!

  5. Susan in DE said

    Bowls are territory/possessions. A soup-flavored ladle is a special bonus, so it’s different.

    All, please send thoughts and prayers for 14 year old Jordan. He’s presently doing fine and is home and perky, but he is having kidney issues. This could be the beginning of an unpleasant adventure for all of us. We took him to the vet because he wasn’t eating (As the vet said to him, “What’s this I hear about a beagle not eating? That’s crazy talk!”), but kidney issues was the diagnosis. He’s got some meds for his stomach so we can get him eating again, and it seems to be working (we just got it last night, and he did have some breakfast today). Maybe I need to make him some Italian wedding soup.

  6. Bean's Buddy said

    They know better than to bite the hand that rocks the ladle.

  7. Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

    Just what you said…to close to “their” food bowl they growl. I believe it’s possession aggression. The laddle is “yours.” Not something they “normally” eat from. Adorable pix, as always! 🙂

  8. Loretta said

    Soup recipes?! Autumn must be approaching…it is here in upstate NY. Ladle licking…gotta love it!

  9. Laura said

    Soup sounds good thanks for the recipe and boys are so cute!

  10. Patr said

    What a pair of ladel lads they are….. Are your sure that isn’t Irish wedding soup? Prayers going out for Jordan.

  11. […] it’s way too hot to eat out on the Lido Deck, I went ahead and made Italian Wedding soup to enjoy in the comfort of central air (which hasn’t cost us anything this summer thanks […]

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