Divide and shape sausage into 26 balls (about 1 teaspoon each). Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil; swirl. Add minced shallots, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Add chicken stock; bring to a boil. Add sausage and prepared risotto reserved from Sweet Onion Risotto with Sautéed Kale; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in escarole and salt; cook 2 minutes. Divide among 4 bowls; top with shaved Parmesan cheese.
I am not a big fan of Italian Wedding soup, but I thought this was very tasty and unlike any Wedding soup I have had before. I browned the sausage balls before starting the starting the recipe and I used orzo instead of risotto. I would make this again anytime.
I love the cook once, three meals recipes. The sweet onion risotto was excellent. As the base of this soup, very good. I didn't have escarole, but romaine. I'm sure any leafy green will work. This was easy to do and quick. Pepper added a soft, nice bite. It is filling and can serve as the main dish with some good bread. I'd serfve this to company.
This soup was very easy to make, but I agree, with the risotto as a base it still has a nice depth of flavor. I used turkey sausage which worked well, and mustard greens since I couldn't find escarole. I actually doubled the greens they were so good! Parmesan is nice but it's still good without it. I really enjoyed this soup, and I've always avoided Italian Wedding soup since I'm not a huge sausage fan. Admittedly my two small children weren't huge fans but they haven't had much soup at all and can be difficult. My husband thought it was okay. I will definitely make again anyway because I liked it that much!
I made this recipe using the Sweet Onion. Risotto with Sauteed Kale. Because I had the Kale from that recipe, I used it in this recipe instead of the escarole. I also had gruyere cheese for the Risotto recipe, so I used it instead of the Parmesan.The flavors were excellent! The red pepper add a nice kick.Because the Sweet Onion Risotto was the base, this soup came together in minutes and it was so delicious. I would absolutely serve it to company.
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