Eat: Italian Wedding Soup (Kids in the Kitchen Series)
For many of us, summer is the time of year when things slow down a bit. There’s less of the after school “do your homework, practice your instrument, eat your dinner, take your shower, read your book, go to bed – so we can do this all over again tomorrow” craziness! That leaves more time for other things. Things like getting your children involved in food choices and food prep! As long as you have reasonable expectations about things like mess (more of it) and efficiency (less of it), the kitchen can be a great place to spend time with your kids.
Recently my boys helped me make this easy version of Italian Wedding Soup.
10 cups water
8 chicken bullion cubes
12 premade meatballs
1 package frozen spinach, thawed but not drained
1 cup orzo or small alphabet pasta
1/2 parmesan cheese
– First the boys helped me measure and pour ten cups of water in our soup pot. They figured out we needed to fill our four cup measuring container 2 and a half times to do so.
– Next they counted out 8 chicken bullion cubes, unwrapped them, and added them to the water. We talked about how these would dissolve in the water.
– After that I gave the boys each a cutting board and a table knife. I showed them how to cut the meatballs in half, and then cut each half into four pieces (for a total of 8 pieces per meatball). Their cutting wasn’t quite as exact as mine would have been, but since the meatballs are already cooked it’s not very important. They felt awful important using knives. It was the first they told Daddy at dinner. Add the meatball pieces to the pot.
– Add the pasta and spinach. It’s fine if your spinach is not totally thawed. You can cook it a little longer if need be. I had each boy add 1/2 cup of pasta and we talked about how two half cups makes one whole cup.
– Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese. Stir.
– Serve and enjoy! This makes two meals for my family of four. Just make sure you don’t accidentally eat all the meatballs at the first meal!
|I think he’s contemplating his melting ice cube…|
As an added bonus, my resident picky eater usually turns his nose up at this soup because it contains the dreaded “something green”. This time, he ate it without complaint. Coincidence? I think not.
I hope you’ll enjoy having your kids in the kitchen this summer!