This week's Kroger bargain meal is a little late, due to the stomach virus that hit my house this weekend. But, I'm feeling better now (whew!), and so, better late than never (if that isn't the motto of my life, I don't know what is), here is the meal.
My sister-in-law Leslie is married to a real (as my Pappa would say) EYE-talian. As such, she cooks a whole lot of EYE-talian food. And, it is really good. So, when she offered up her recipe for Italian Wedding Soup, I was all over it. This soup is a little time intensive, but it's really good, and we find it worth it. It also makes 8 servings, so I get a freezer meal out of it. Always a good thing.
Italian Wedding Soup
1/2 pound Italian sausage--on sale--$1
1/2 pound ground beef--on sale $2/lb--$1
1 egg, beaten--on sale 12/$1--$0.08
1/3 to 1/2 cup bread crumbs--free if you use leftover bread
garlic to taste
Mix all this up and make into mini meatballs, about 1/2 inch across. Set aside.
1 chicken--on sale $0.89/lb--$1.35
1 stalk celery--$0.20
salt and pepper, to taste
Boil chicken with onion, celery, and carrot until done. Discard onion, celery, and carrot. Debone chicken and set aside half of meat for another purpose. For remaining meat, shred or chop into bite size pieces.
To finish soup--
1 onion, chopped fine--$0.25
1/2 cup chopped celery--$0.20
1/2 cup chopped carrot--$0.20
1 package frozen spinach--approx $0.75
1/2 pound small pasta, like orzo--approx $0.50
Saute onion, celery, and carrot until transluscent. Add to broth, along with spinach. Bring broth and chicken to a simmer. Add meatballs and orzo, and cook for 15-20 minutes, until meatballs are done.
Total cost of your fabulous EYE-talian meal (*smile*)--$5.98 or $2.99/4 servings