It’s funny how Italian-Americans and Italians have so much in common and yet seem so far apart. There’s a soup we here in America know as Italian Wedding Soup. Yet, ask anyone south of Rome about it and they’ll look at you like you are pazzo. You see, the traditional la minestra maritata has nothing to do with nuptials and everything to do with Natale because it’s a dish that’s usually served for Christmas, lunch or dinner in Italy’s Campania region. True, the name implies married soup but it’s a blended bliss of seasons and not spouses.
Wanderlust Women went straight to the source of luxury dining in the south, Chef Pasquale Palamaro, the Michelin starred executive chef at the luxurious resort, L’Albergo della Regina Isabella on Ischia, for the recipe.
- Half chicken
- 500 gr. of beef muscle
- 20 gr. of boned pork foreleg pullet
- A fresh sausage
- 50 gr. Neapolitan salami in one piece
- The traditional recipe also requires a ham bone & other fatty parts of the pig, but they are not used in Chef Pasquale’s recipe here.
- 3 kg. mixed vegetables mainly Swiss chard and scarulelle (small escarole), torzelle (Neapolitan cabbage), borage and chicory; 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 stalk of celery, a few peppercorns.
- Grated cheese to taste
Prepare a broth with all of the meat listed among the ingredients, add carrot, celery, onion and black peppercorns. In the first boil try to eliminate as much as possible the dark foam that rises to the top.
Once well cooked add salt to the meat to taste.
After an hour, remove the meat from broth and filter the broth very well.
Let the broth cool well so that the fat solidifies and then you can easily discard it. Wash the vegetables and cook them for a few minutes in boiling water, drain them well and dip them in boiling broth for a few minutes, turn off the heat and leave the soup to sit for at least an hour.
Just before serving place a bit of vegetables in a bowl, pour the boiling broth and carefully lay down on a mixture of boiled meat frayed, grate cheese as much as you prefer.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 2 hours
Cooking Level: Moderate
Serves: 4 people