I have always wanted to make Italian Wedding Soup. Ever since I first saw the Campbells can at the grocery, I have been intrigued. Although, I had never tried it until now. And this vegan version with potato gnocchi is absolutely amazing. Literally a perfect blend of flavors and textures, it truly is a match made in heaven : )
The Italian words minestra maritata, means “married soup” … hence the term Italian Wedding Soup, which refers to the “marriage” of flavors: spinach, broth and (traditionally) meat.
Now, about those meatballs … yes, they are vegan, and YES they are delicious. Beyond. Don’t believe me? Check out this video … embarrassing, yes, but true!
Vegan Italian Wedding Soup with Gnocci
PREP TIME: 20 minutes | COOK TIME: 30 minutes
- 1 box Lightlife vegan meatballs
- 1 cup gnocchi, cooked, I used De Cecco
- 4-5 TBS EVOO
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 ½ cup carrots, chopped
- 3-4 tsp garlic, minced
- 2 TBS Italian herbs OR seasoning
- 8 cups (or two boxes) vegetable broth
- 1 ½ cup spinach, roughly chopped
Warm meatballs in a little olive oil, turning over a few times so they get evenly browned. Saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add vegetable broth and Italian seasoning, bring to a boil then let simmer for 10 minutes. Add gnocchi and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Add meatballs and spinach, cover and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Add fresh parmesan when you serve if you want … NOTE, this marriage gets really amazing the second day, don’t be surprised if it thickens so you might want to add more broth, but not necessary. Enjoy!
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This is the perfect way to kick start a juice cleanse.
I know, it might sound like an odd flavor combination, but hey … sometimes some of the most lovely endings come from strange beginnings ; )
First time I tried tofu I was like UMMM NO, but this soup is so good even the non-believers will LUV it!