Italian Wedding Soup

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2013/10/26 12:25:32 (permalink)

Italian Wedding Soup

This soup is interesting because it's not ever served at weddings!  It's a mistranslation of the Italian minestra maritata which means "married soup" as green vegetables and meat go well together, thus a "good marriage" of flavors.  The required "green" is escarole and around here it's hard to find.....or I find it and it looks like death.  The other day at the store the escarole was beautiful so I'm going to make Wedding Soup.  It's kind of a pain to make.....clean the escarole and chop, make the polpettini, make the chicken broth, cook the acini di pepe, etc.  But the end result is worth it.
We will be eating it while watching Penn State crush Ohio State!!   
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 12:44:49 (permalink)
    After that I am reconsidering partaking of your wonderful wedding soup.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 18:45:41 (permalink)
    I guess it is safe to assume the lleechef went to Penn State and Michael went to Ohio State? Or you each have family members who went to the schools? Or is it just a case of rooting for the opposite team for the fun of it? A little friendly competition?
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 19:01:15 (permalink)
    Actually, Wedding Soup is still a staple on many restaurant menus in the Pittsburgh/Youngstown corridor.  Like Brunswich Stew in the piedmonts of Virginia and the Carolinas it is one of my regional favorites.  Done well, it is magnificent; done poorly ...
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/10/26 19:02:39
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 19:07:59 (permalink)
    Perfect. I'm supposed to be at the game but this stupid cold has had me down for the count for the last three days. I'll send me wife by for a nice big bowl that will get me through the game - a Buckeye victory!
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 19:12:53 (permalink)
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    Nope and nope!  I went to Westminster College in W. PA and Michael went to the University of Texas!  So it's just friendly competition......MH is a huge Buckeye fan and I could really care less......I just threw that Penn State remark in there to rile him!
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    I was never so surprised than when I found out that the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe had wedding soup!  So I'm thinking it can't be good, after all, it is a hot dog joint.  It's wonderful!  When we were going to Beaver County on a regular basis I got it at least once! 
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 19:43:51 (permalink)
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    Nope and nope!  I went to Westminster College in W. PA and Michael went to the University of Texas!  So it's just friendly competition......MH is a huge Buckeye fan and I could really care less......I just threw that Penn State remark in there to rile him!
    MJ
    I was never so surprised than when I found out that the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe had wedding soup!  So I'm thinking it can't be good, after all, it is a hot dog joint.  It's wonderful!  When we were going to Beaver County on a regular basis I got it at least once! 


    So Michael went to UT.  Explains a lot.  How well did he know the great Bobby Layne?
     
    What you say is so very true of Wedding Soup; greatness can appear in such unexpected places.  All it takes is someone's Italian mother.  NeCa is a hotbed for it; lots of Italian great-grandmothers there! 
     
    Same with Brunswick Stew; the best I ever had was in a college dining hall:  The Lyda Bunker Hunt Hall at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA.  Were she still alive, the gracious and talented Mrs. Carr would today be a star on the Food Channel.
     
    After what was done to the man and now the memory of Joseph Vincent Paterno I have no interest whatsoever in college football.  But there is one thing I know for damn sure, they'll never take his name off the main library at PSU.  He cut a personal check for it.  R.I.P.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 20:46:29 (permalink)
    Why take a nice discussion about Italian Wedding Soup and turn it into something that you knew would make someone get in an argument with you as it was said to provoke reactions?  Joe Paterno was a great football coach who with held information that resulted in horrible things happening to young men. It is a very sad story on all counts. It has no place here in a discussion of soup. But since you posted it I will respond that if ever there was someone who should not rest in peace this would be a good example.
     
     
    After what was done to the man and now the memory of Joseph Vincent Paterno I have no interest whatsoever in college football.  But there is one thing I know for damn sure, they'll never take his name off the main library at PSU.  He cut a personal check for it.  R.I.P.


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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 21:13:12 (permalink)
    The wedding soup is done and resting nicely in my copper pot.  I guess we'll eat at half-time.  Penn State is getting killed.........oh well. 
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 21:26:53 (permalink)
    lleechef

    The wedding soup is done and resting nicely in my copper pot.  I guess we'll eat at half-time.  Penn State is getting killed.........oh well. 

    Too bad about Penn State.....but the soup sounds delicious!  You should post a picture of it.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 22:19:30 (permalink)
    lleechef

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    Nope and nope!  I went to Westminster College in W. PA and Michael went to the University of Texas!  So it's just friendly competition......MH is a huge Buckeye fan and I could really care less......I just threw that Penn State remark in there to rile him!

         Small world...I went to UT my freshman year. I graduated from high school in Texas, but my dad got transferred by his company back to New England, and I ended up graduating from a small college in Mass. My older sister is a UT grad, though. I have a lot of fond memories of Austin and the drive back and forth between there and home--southwest of Houston. I also have lived in OH, but in the Cincinnati area. I learned to talk there a long time ago.
       Your soup sounds wonderful!
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 22:33:55 (permalink)
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    I'd love to post a picture of the soup but I don't have a camera.  Maybe I should put that on my list for Christmas........nah, I really want that Coach bag!
    JB
    I don't know if Michael has fond memories about UT......he was on a football scholarship so knowing him, he was eating, drinking, sleeping, living football!
     
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 22:48:16 (permalink)
    Go Horns!
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/26 22:50:47 (permalink)
    lleechef
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    I'd love to post a picture of the soup but I don't have a camera.  Maybe I should put that on my list for Christmas........nah, I really want that Coach bag!
    JB
    I don't know if Michael has fond memories about UT......he was on a football scholarship so knowing him, he was eating, drinking, sleeping, living football!

    MH may have been eating, sleeping and living football but I'm sure he was drinking something else!
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/27 00:03:11 (permalink)
    Go Horns, indeed, or hook 'em Horns!
    MH--were you there when the late, great Darrell Royal was the head coach? I remember reading he had died in his late 80s last year.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/27 10:19:13 (permalink)
    Jim, Bobby Layne came to spring practice once while I was there. He spoke to us, shook hands and then he was gone.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/27 10:30:31 (permalink)
    JB-ME

    Go Horns, indeed, or hook 'em Horns!
    MH--were you there when the late, great Darrell Royal was the head coach? I remember reading he had died in his late 80s last year.

    Darrell Royal came later. Ed Price was the coach when I was there.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/27 10:39:50 (permalink)
    When I was growing up in my Italian home, Mom made what she called "Meatball Soup" all the time. Chicken stock,escarole, acini Pepe, carrotw, a bit of celery and spices...and the best homemade small meatballs.....crusty Italian bread,perhaps wine, and it's a great meal. I still make mom's recipe for our family. It's very popular!!!
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2013/10/27 11:50:57 (permalink)
    That's exactly what we had.......the soup, crusty Italian bread and red wine.  It hit the spot on a cold, windy night!
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2014/03/10 09:54:27 (permalink)

    I saw this on Perth Today Tonight the other night. Thought you might like a look and watch the video.
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2014/03/10 11:24:03 (permalink)
    Fredo, you're having the Italian Wedding Soup. Or it's the last soup you'll ever have.....

     
    No Italian Wedding Soup for you! EVER!!!!

     
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    Re:Italian Wedding Soup 2014/03/10 11:35:13 (permalink)
    Ah, yes, the Soup Nazi!!    One year?  Fantastic!  I won't have to roll any of those annoying polpettini for awhile!
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