RECIPE

Greek Wedding Soup

You don’t have to be having a “big fat Greek wedding” to enjoy this soup!

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken stock (64 ounces)
  • 3/4 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley (a couple of generous handfuls), divided
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (a generous handful)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, chopped or crumbled
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves (a generous handful), chopped

Preparation

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Lower the heat and bring to a simmer.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lamb, half of the parsley, breadcrumbs, feta, egg, garlic and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Form into 1-inch balls. Add to the simmering broth along with the orzo and cook for 8 minutes. Stir in the lemon peel, lemon juice, remaining parsley and the mint.

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