Super Bowl Italian Wedding Soup
Serves 8
This is a terrific soup for Super Sunday; you can make it in your slow cooker or on the stove top, and keep it warm for hours while watching the game. Green Garlic bread is a great accompaniment.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Walla Walla Onion, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
3 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons dried sage, or 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup dry white wine (like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
One bunch Calvo Nero, tough stems removed, and cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
2 slices Italian bread
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Parmigiano Reggiano rind, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (optional)

1. In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat; add the onion, carrots, and sage. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes, until the onions are softened.
2. Add the tomato paste and wine, and bring to a boil. Add the broth, and Calvo Nero, and bring to a boil. Simmer the soup while you make the meatballs.
3. Put the bread in a bowl and pour the milk over the bread, letting it absorb into the bread. Put the chicken, garlic, onion, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper into the bowl, and stir to blend.
4. Using a portion scoop, form the mixture into a small balls, and drop into the simmering soup.
5. Add the Parmigiano rinds if you are using them. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. The soup can be kept warm for hours in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

1. Saute the vegetables, and transfer them to the insert of the slow cooker.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours.

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