Saturday, October 16, 2010

Deal of the Day - Italian Wedding Soup

This Deal of the Day is in miniature - tiny meatballs and rice grain-sized orzo pasta in a rich chicken broth. But if any Italian wedding served this canned soup as an entree, I think the cook would wind up in concrete boots!

I was drawn to try this item by the "All Natural*" labeling, and was curious what kind of soup is served at an Italian Wedding.

This can provides a filling one-pound, 3 oz. serving that's as good as Campbell's Chicken Soup. The most interesting thing is how small the meatballs are. They should be called meat pellets -- as the size is no bigger than a fingernail -- and the meat has an unexpected baloney-like texture. The best part is the broth, enhanced by the extra flavors of the chicken, veggies and herbs. The small, tender orzo pasta is soothingly soft.


I looked up this recipe by  Giada De Laurentiis (click here) on the internet: she uses endive, and instead of pasta, she whisks in a mixture of beaten eggs with parmesan - kind of like a Chinese Egg Drop Soup.

So while this soup may not be the meal you want just before your honeymoon, it is fine as late night bachelor or bachelorette food. On a scale of 1-9, 9 being best, I give All Natural Italian Style Wedding Soup by All American, a generous 5.

6 comments:

oddlyme said...

Meat pellets.

Love that.

Chris Buzzard said...

While I have enjoyed your blog in the past, you really rely too heavily on "99 cent only" stores.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

99 cent stores; isn't that the point?

Chris Buzzard said...

I suppose so. Fair thee well, 99 cent chef.

Billy Vasquez said...

Yeah, I spend too much time at 99c only Stores -- at the very least, my recipes show how to use budget ingredients in a tasty way.

Blessed are the Merciful said...

I love that brands black bean soup. Yum!

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