Italian Wedding soup is a favorite of many. Here is a simple recipe to make it.
½ pound extra-lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat leaf parsley (Optional)
2 green onions, sliced (Optional)
5 ¾ cups chicken broth
2 cups finely sliced escarole (spinach may be substituted)
1 lemon, zested
½ cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta), uncooked
grated Parmesan cheese for topping
Mix together the meat, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, basil, parsley, and green onions; shape into 3/4 inch balls.
Pour broth into a large saucepan over high heat. When boiling, drop in meatballs. Stir in escarole, lemon zest and orzo. Return to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook at a slow boil for 10 minutes or until orzo is tender, stirring frequently. Serve sprinkled with cheese.