Remember that time we spoke about the fascinating history of the wedding soup? You know, how people mistook the dish for…ah, but just go check that article, which works as the perfect companion piece for this one. We’ll be showing you an awesome authentic Italian Wedding soup recipe, since it’s a staple of Italian cuisine and you are missing out big time if you’ve never tried it. Just to give you a short background: the wedding soup is a traditional dish which has its roots in the Neapolitan cuisine and as a matter of fact, it’s quite typical to eat during the winter. Perfect timing too much?
Just like most soups, the authentic Italian wedding soup has numerous variations and seasons have a lot to do with it. There are ingredients you can only find during a specific time and if you can’t, you need to improvise. But improvisation is what makes cooking so great–the way a dish can be so specific to a region, but spread out and take various forms throughout the entire world even. But this is not a competition of who makes the best wedding soup–it’s an embrace of culinary culture.
There are some specific ingredients, like chicory, endive and pork rind, and our recipe is a simplified one, using pork broth and some vegetables which will give it the taste you all know and love.
Aside from being a bona fide delicious meal, the authentic Italian wedding soup is also like a complete treasure trove of healthy goodness. After all, let us not to the marriage of true… meat and vegetables admit worthlessness (health-wise). Shall we?
Pork in those meatballs are chock-full of protein, which is great for building and repairing tissues. In fact, it is an important building block for blood, bones, cartilage, skin, and muscles.
Aside from protein it is also a great source of essential minerals such as Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, and Zinc. It also has good doses of B vitamins such as Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
So yes, contrary to popular belief, pork is not all bad. Too much of it may not be such a good idea, but in moderation, it can bring you a ton of health benefits.
Of course, it’s no secret that vegetables are good for you, and we have certainly stressed the health benefits of kale in our Mushroom and Kale Risotto recipe. But what about the other not-so-common veggies in this scrumptious authentic Italian wedding soup? Let’s find out, shall we?
Chard – contains beta-carotene that has antioxidant properties and is good for the eyesight. It also contains biotin that helps stimulates hair growth, calcium and vitamin K, which are both good for bone growth, and iron, which is essential for red blood formation. And more importantly, it is high in potassium, which is good for muscle strength, metabolism, and the nervous system as well as helps in the prevention of strokes, kidney disorders, and heart diseases.
Chicory – contains inulin, which is a probiotic that’s great for the digestive system and helps reduce bad cholesterol in the body. It is also packed with antioxidants that help circulation, regulate the heart, and boost the immune system. Aside from that, chicory is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Endive – is super high in fiber, which is excellent for reducing high blood pressure, inflammation, and the risk of having heart diseases. It is also great for your digestion, skin health, as well as weight management. Aside from fiber, it is also packed with all sorts of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-complex groups, iron, potassium, manganese.
As we’ve mentioned, there are many variations to this traditional recipe. This is just one of them, and feel free to improvise it any way you want.
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