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Italian Wedding Soup
with white beans / orzo / herb and cheese bread

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

This classic Italian soup is loaded with colorful vegetables, orzo pasta, and white beans for some extra substance. This soup was last featured here.
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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Herb and Cheese Bread:
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 2 oz, grated
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Baguette, small - 1
Italian Wedding Soup with White Beans and Orzo:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz, chopped
  • Beans, cannellini or butter (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Cheese, parmesan rind (opt) - 1
  • Pasta, orzo - 1/2 cup
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 2 oz, grated

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Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots / Cheese (portion for bread) - Prep as directed. Combine onions and carrots. Store cheese separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Green onions - Chop green onions, combining green and white parts.
  3. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 375F / 191C degrees.
  2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. To heated Dutch oven, add olive oil. Add onions and carrots with a pinch of salt. Saute until softened, 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and oregano until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
  5. Add stock and parmesan rind (if using) and bring to a simmer.
  6. While soup simmers, prep herb and cheese bread by mashing butter with green onions (white and green parts) and parmesan (portion for bread). Slice baguette open lengthwise and spread cut-side with butter.
  7. Place bread onto a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden.
  8. While bread bakes, return to soup and add orzo. Simmer until orzo is nearly tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Add beans and spinach. Stir until spinach cooks down. Continue to simmer soup until beans are warmed through.
  10. Cut herb and cheese bread into slices.
  11. Move soup off heat and stir in lemon juice. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  12. Ladle soup into bowls. Serve some grated parmesan cheese (portion for soup) on top if you’d like. Enjoy bread on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (18)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (10)

13 reviews

One of my husbands new favorite soups!

By: Catherine
Posted: Apr 13, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

great flavor and came together quickly. I doubled the spices and husband and kids ate it up.

By: Kristen
Posted: Apr 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Served with sliced fake sausage coins I fried up separately b/c the store was out of GimmeLean Veg Sausage

By: Markell
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Easy and comforting but not especially flavorful. Maybe more spices?

By: Angela
Posted: Mar 29, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I loved this and was super easy given I had made the meatballs ahead of time. Unfortunately, my 6-year-old didn't like it; the 3-year-old did!

By: Namrita
Posted: Mar 28, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used premade frozen meatballs which saved me some time. Next time will add some garlic and maybe a can of diced tomatoes.

By: Allison
Posted: Mar 28, 2020
Diet: Paleo
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