Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This is the best Italian wedding soup I’ve ever made! It is packed with homemade meatballs, loads of veggies and fresh herbs. And it’s done in about half an hour!

We are including instructions for making this soup in the slow cooker and Instant Pot too! You can choose the cooking method that works best for you and your schedule.

Why Italian Wedding Soup?

Did you know I used to work for Jet Blue? Yup. Totally worked from home before that was even a thing answering a bazillion calls clear through the night at times and occasionally getting screamed at and not once was it deserved. 

I know, you’re tempted to not believe me, but here’s an example:

A huge hurricane all 2009 style was hitting and flights were grounded everywhere. A woman had booked a vacay to an island right in the path and was INFURIATED we had cancelled her flight. As she was screaming at me that this was unprofessional because a ticket is a contract she suddenly got the idea that we should rebook her like other airlines do if a flight is cancelled. I tried to explain that all airlines weren’t flying because of the hurricane at which point she used some colorful language to demand a private plane. 

I couldn’t even respond at that point. 

It. Was. A. Hurricane.

Now before you get all worked up that I’m telling a story instead of teaching to cook, this has a purpose. 

A bowl of Italian wedding soup. A spoon is in the soup and it is packed with meatballs, carrots and spinach.

Before we could work we had to do a training for several weeks until midnight every night at the call center a good 45 minutes away. When we got there it was dinnertime, and if we were lucky a little cafe had an Italian wedding soup that was so good!

I’ve dreamed of it ever since, but it has taken me years to create the recipe and this is it! 100% exactly as I remember it. 

Ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup

We love to make our own meatballs for this recipe, but if you want to cut out that step, you can totally buy frozen chicken meatballs at the grocery store. If you buy your meatballs, skip to the ingredients list for just the soup.

Meatballs

  • Ground Turkey (or chicken)
  • Italian Sausage
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

For the Soup

  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Chicken Broth
  • Acini di Pepe
  • Baby Spinach
  • Fresh Dill
  • Fresh Parmesan

All measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

A bowl of Italian Wedding soup with a spoon in it. The soup is packed with colorful vegetables and meatballs. The bright green spinach brightens up the soup.

How to Make Italian Wedding Soup

Again, if you’re buying meatballs pre-made, skip to the soup instructions. Let’s start with making the homemade meatballs:

For the Meatballs

  • Combine the meats, breadcrumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic and egg in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Form into mini meatballs (about 1/2″ diameter).
    • PRO TIP: We use a very small cookie scoop. Don’t fill it full all the way. The smaller the better.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook the meatballs in batches until they are browned on the outside and they are cooked through.
  • Remove from the pot and set them aside.

Browning the meatballs adds so much flavor! Don’t skip this step!

For the Soup

  • Heat more oil and add the veggies and thyme. Then add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and meatballs and lower the temperature to a simmer. Cook long enough to cook the pasta.
  • Toss in the spinach and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Garnish servings with fresh dill, and more thyme and parmesan.
Detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

What to Eat with Italian Wedding Soup

I can’t sit down with a bowl of soup unless there is some bread for dipping. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you’re not into dipping bread in soup, then we can’t be friends! Haha! Ok, jk…we can be friends, but I don’t understand you! Make a sweet quick bread to eat with it:

A bowl of Italian Wedding soup with a spoon in it. The soup is packed with meatballs and carrots and spinach.

How Long Will Italian Wedding Soup Keep?

Refrigerate in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to 5 days.

What is Acini di Pepe?

Acini di Pepe is a form of pasta that is very small.

What is a Substitute For Acini di Pepe Pasta?

If you can’t find acini di pepe, you can use another small shaped pasta such as orzo, pastina or small stars.

Can You Freeze Soups With Pasta in Them?

Soups containing pasta do not hold up very well in the freezer. Pasta tends to absorb the liquids and gets mushy when frozen.

You can freeze this soup without the pasta and then heat it up on the stove and add the pasta before serving.

 

One of my favorite things is trying to copycat a recipe that I’ve had somewhere and fallen in love with. I love to test and test different combinations and flavors until I get it just right. That’s how this Italian wedding soup came to be! It is so flavorful and easy!

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Italian Wedding Soup

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Course 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 348kcal

Ingredients

Meatballs *See Note

  • 3/4 Pound Turkey ground, or chicken
  • 1/2 Pound Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs White
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan freshly grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Egg large
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper freshly ground

For the Soup

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil extra-virgin, divided
  • 1 Cup Yellow Onion chopped
  • 2 Carrots medium, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Celery chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme freshly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 8 Cups Chicken Broth low sodium
  • 1 Cup acini di pepe
  • 4 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Dill freshly chopped, for garnish
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan freshly grated, for serving

Instructions

For the meatballs

  • In a large bowl, stir ground meats, bread crumbs, Parmesan, seasoning, garlic, and egg until combined. Season with salt, pepper. Form into meatballs approximately 1/2″ in diameter.
  • In a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Cook meatballs in batches, until outsides are golden and insides are cooked through. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.

For the soup

  • Heat remaining oil and then add onion, carrots, celery, and thyme. Cook until fragrant about, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a rapid boil. Add pasta and meatballs and lower to a simmer. Simmer until the pasta is cooked, 5 to 7 minutes. Add in the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally until wilted, about 1 minute more.
  • Garnish each bowl with dill, thyme and more Parmesan.

Notes

Note: you can buy chicken meatballs in the freezer section at some stores.

This soup will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

 

INSTANT POT: Brown the meatballs in batches in saute mode then cook them all on high for 3-5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients except the pasta and spinach cook on high for 3 more minutes. Remove lid and add pasta and cook a final 3 min , stir in spinach and allow to sit for up to five minutes before serving to wilt the spinach.

SLOW COOKER: Cook the meatballs on the stove top as stated in the instruction. Add all the ingredients (except the pasta and spinach) to a crockpot on low for 5 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Add the pasta for the last hour and the spinach for the last 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1323mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4139IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 3mg

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Soup

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Soups are a great addition to your brunch lineup. While traditional brunch fare like breakfast casseroles, quiches, pancakes and waffles are always popular, don’t forget the power of soup or stew when it comes to feeding your brunch guests (or yourself) something comforting and delicious. Along those lines, today we have a delicious and unique…

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Instant Pot Italian Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Italian Chicken Soup

The yummiest Instant Pot chicken soup recipe I’ve ever made! It is healthy, quick and easy. This might just be my new favorite chicken soup!! And that is saying a lot because I LOVE so many soups.

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If you haven’t tried “The Soup“, you have to do that! It is a staple around here, but this new Italian chicken soup recipe is light, but filling, and so, so flavorful.

And then there is our chicken tortilla soup, which is the best chicken tortilla soup that has ever existed, but still, there’s something about this Italian chicken soup that just hits the spot for me! You have to try it!

With the Instant Pot, you end up with a soup in less than an hour that tastes like it has been simmering all day!

Ingredients Needed for Italian Chicken Soup

This soup is packed with veggies, rotisserie chicken, fresh herbs and orzo and topped with Parmesan and chunks of crusty bread. Head down to the recipe card for the exact measurements, but here is your grocery list:

  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Water or Chicken Broth
  • Better than Bouillon Chicken (not needed if you use chicken broth)
  • Bay Leaves
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Orzo Pasta
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Basil (fresh)
  • Lemon
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread (optional)

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

How to Make Italian Chicken Soup in the Instant Pot

Your going to want to start this recipe by chopping all the veggies so that they are ready to add at the appropriate time. I know most people hate chopping veggies, but I kind of like it. Does that make me the nerdiest? Once the veggies are chopped, you are ready to start cooking.

  1. Saute the veggies in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add broth, bay leaves, minced tomatoes and S&P.
  3. Place lid on and set valve to seal.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. Cook the orzo in a pot on the stove top and then drain it while running it under cold water.
  6. Quick release the Instant Pot and remove the bay leaves.
  7. Add the chopped tomato, cooked orzo, chicken (see next section) and herbs and place the lid back on. Seal the valve again and cook for 4 more minutes.
  8. Quick release again, stir in the lemon juice and season to taste.
  9. We love to top each bowl with fresh parm and chunks of crusty bread.

For the full instructions, head down to the recipe card below.

What Kind of Chicken Should I Use?

Ideally, I buy the 2 pound bag of rotisserie chicken meat that they sell at Costco. It’s pretty much the best thing that has ever happened. All the flavor of a rotisserie chicken with none of the work.

If you can’t find that or you don’t live near a Costco, cook three chicken breasts using whatever method you prefer. You can cook them in the Instant Pot with the broth and veggies, or you can cook them stove top or even bake them. You could also just buy a rotisserie chicken and break it down yourself.

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

Variations for Italian Chicken Soup

One thing I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile. We love it with orzo, but you could also do any kind of pasta you enjoy. It is also great with rice, potatoes or beans. A small white bean would be good, like a navy bean or cannellini bean.

What Kind of Bread Should I Use?

We like to buy crusty bacci rolls or a good sourdough loaf. You could even make a loaf of our no knead artisan bread if you are feeling really ambitious! We like to toast them in the oven for a bit so the bread gets good and toasty. Carbs for life!

a photo of a large white soup bowl full of italian chicken soup full of orzo, chicken and topped with chunks of bread and chopped fresh parsley.

Can This Soup Be Made in the Crockpot?

This can absolutely be made in the Crockpot! Add all the ingredients except the orzo the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Add the orzo for about the last 10-15 minutes.

Can This Soup Be Made on the Stove Top?

Of course! Yes! Add all the ingredients except the orzo to the pot and simmer on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir in the orzo right before serving and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.

Instant Pot Cheat Sheet

If you’re on the fence about an Instant Pot, you should take a look at our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet and it will sell you on the Instant Pot. You can make so many foods in just minutes.

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Soup season is upon us and everyone should be making this Italian chicken soup recipe all season long! It is simple, delicious and on the table in no time! It is sure to be a family favorite!

More Easy Soup Recipes You’ll Love:

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The yummiest instant pot chicken soup I’ve ever made!
Course 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken, chicken breast, instant pot, main dish, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 103kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion minced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Stalks Celery Minced
  • 3 Carrots Peeled and chopped
  • 8 Cups Water or chicken Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Better than Bouillion Chicken skip if using broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt plus more to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes Minced
  • 1 Tomato Chopped
  • 1 Cup Orzo Pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 Pounds Rotisserie Chicken shredded *see note
  • 1/2 Bunch Parsley minced
  • 3/4 Cup Minced Basil Leaves Fresh
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced
  • 1/2 Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread for serving

Instructions

  • Prepare all of your ingredients by chopping the veggies on a cutting board so you’re ready to go. See note for advice on the chicken.
  • Add the oil to the instant pot and turn it to high saute mode. Once hot, add the veggies- onions, garlic, celery and carrots and stir until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the broth, bay leaves, salt and pepper, and 3 minced tomatoes. Place the lid on and set the valve to seal. Press, pressure and set the time for 25 minutes. Cook the orzo in a pot and drain with cold water running over the orzo to separate the pasta.
  • Do a quick release on the valve and remove the bay leaves.
  • Add the 1 chopped tomato, orzo, chicken, and herbs and place the lid back on, turning the valve to seal and cooking for 4 more minutes.
  • Do another quick release and stir in the lemon, season to taste and serve with fresh parmesan and bread!

Notes

I like to buy the rotisserie chicken meat in a 2 pound package at Costco. If you do not have that available you will need about 3 chicken breasts. You can add them directly to the pot with the broth and veggies, but skip adding the rest. Once the 25 minutes are up, remove and shred the chicken and strain out any chicken fat remaining. Or cook the chicken separately or buy a rotisserie chicken and shred all the meat. 

 

 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3454IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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Smoked Salmon Toasts

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When I want to enjoy a delicacy for breakfast, I go for lox and bagels. Soooo good! I am less crazy about the carb-dense bagels though. That’s one of the reasons I love these smoked salmon toasts. The multi grain sourdough bread contains fewer carbs and more nutrients than traditional bagels. In addition, these smoked…

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Hello Again!

Hello my friends! 
My, it sure has been a while. Nine months, to be exact when I published this Ramen recipe. And while I love the recipe and make it at least every 2 weeks (my husband actually cooks it more than I do – he rocks!!), I’m getting a little tired of seeing it as soon as I open my blog. New recipe coming tomorrow!! 
I knew I’d always come back to this blog, I just had to take some time to focus on me. 
Back in December I had some health issues that led me to explore cutting gluten and dairy as well as focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet at the recommendation of my doctor.  For the first few weeks I completely cut all gluten and dairy out and quickly lost almost 20 pounds.  I did miss cheese so much, but came to realize that I was addicted to it. I depended on it. I always turned to it for some quick protein instead of taking the time to make breakfast or prep lunch. And while I have been able to eat very small amounts of cheese every now and then, but any more than that and I’m in pain and bloated! This makes me think back to so many times in my life when I thought I was sick, but it was probably all food based.
As for the gluten, I can mostly tolerate it, but because of the weight loss I now focus on avoiding carbs such as bread, pasta, waffles, flour tortillas, etc. I haven’t had pasta since December!!! And pasta is another thing I’d turn to for a quick and easy dinner. 
Throughout the process I learned that I don’t need to replace everything I removed with a gluten free or dairy free option. There are a few things that I do buy when I want to indulge – like Trader Joe’s gluten free sandwich bread when I want a good BLT, gluten free panko for chicken cutlets (I actually now prefer the GF panko over regular!!), or Lotus Foods Gluten Free Ramen noodles when I make ramen. But overall I just eat differently. 
I also learned so much more about food allergies and how dangerous they can be for many people. So while I feel lucky that I can tolerate these foods to a point, I have serious empathy for those who cannot. This post is not in any way about a food allergy, but simply my quest to use food as medicine and to focus on being healthier. 
So as I move forward with this blog I’ll share what I’m eating but also things I cook for my family. After a few months it became really easy to cook pasta or bread for them and not crave it, so at this point my cravings are pretty much gone and I like the way that I eat.
I look forward to sharing many new recipes with you!! 

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Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations

Easy Pork Ramen

One of my favorite things about visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Portland, Oregon, (besides seeing them and my adorable new nephew!!) is the food scene. I have had some of my best meals in this great town – seriously, even the airport has such a great restaurant  – The Country Cat – that I go back to the airport early JUST so I can eat there. Plus, I am lucky to have foodies in my family who enjoy taking me to great places! 
The first time I went out there I got to experience something for the first time – ramen. Confession… I didn’t have my first real bowl of ramen until I was 40.  It’s not because I didn’t want to try it, we just don’t have any ramen places around here! 
The next summer when I visited we went to the Pine Street Market, a very cool food hall. Walking around this place is like a trip to heaven for a foodie. Nine of the city’s best chefs and restaurants all in one place! How do you decide what to eat? 
I went with ramen, as well as some pork buns from another spot, and once again, my meal in the great PDX did not disappoint. Rich, salty broth with curly noodles, scallions, spinach, and thinly sliced pork. This soup IS a meal. 
When I returned home I was craving ramen so badly that I had to try to recreate it. I thought back to the few times I had ramen and just went based on my memory of the flavors and ingredients.

I made a chicken stock-based broth with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a few other ingredients. We filled our bowls with mushrooms, scallions, thinly sliced grilled pork, noodles, and an egg. Craving satisfied!

Note: you can sub any protein for the pork. The last time I made it I used crispy, pan-seared tofu. You could also use chicken, beef, shrimp, mussels, clams, etc – really anything you like! Experiment with different flavors and ingredients, too – add a dash of fish sauce, dried kelp, bonito flakes, grated carrots, miso paste, sprouts, or oyster sauce.



Easy Pork Ramen
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

Ingredients 

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed 
  • 1 tsp ginger (I used the jarred ginger – prefer the consistency)
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 bunch green onions – stems cut at 2 inches, the rest chopped 
  • 1 c sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 2 soft or hard-boiled eggs (your preference)
  • 1 grilled pork chop, thinly sliced *
  • 8 oz cooked noodles of your choice (soba, ramen, Chinese noodles)
  • Optional: bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, or spinach
  • Optional for serving: Sambal Oelek 
* I season the pork chop with salt and pepper and grill it to 140 degrees; let rest 5 minutes before slicing. 
Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a pot
  • Add the garlic and ginger; saute 1 minute
  • Add the broth, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, mirin, and green onion stems. Bring to a steady simmer and then reduce to a low simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the green onion stems and add the mushrooms. Let simmer 3 minutes. 
  • If using greens, add them to the pot for one minute before you are ready to serve. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the miso until combined. 
  • To plate: Put noodles, chopped green onions, greens, mushrooms,
    and sliced pork in a bowl. Pour broth on top and garnish with Sambal and an egg. 
Quick and Easy Pork Ramen! A rich, miso broth with mushrooms and bok choy. Add noodles, sliced pork, green onions, an egg, and sambal. Weeknight meal!

Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations

Spicy Quinoa Corn Chowder

A take on corn chowder using quinoa instead of potatoes, and with a spicy kick!

On Christmas Eve we were hanging out with family at my parents’ house. My cousin handed my daughter a gift that she immediately started to open. When she got some of the paper off, she saw the American Girl logo on the box and started to get really excited. Meanwhile, we are all sitting there thinking “oh no, she thinks it is a doll.” There is no way it was a doll, it was a flat, square box. She continues to rip off the paper as we all hold our breath. Well, once she saw that the box contained her own set of cooking utensils, she screamed “YES!!!!” over and over and kept jumping up and down. BEST reaction EVER, and my cousin wins the prize for best gift ever! 

In addition to the cooking tools, we gave our daughter a set of plastic chopping knives, so she now has her own drawer in the kitchen with all of her tools. Every time she is ready to cook with me she pulls out every single tool, even if she only needs a knife and a spoon, grabs her stool and gets to work. 

The last time we cooked together we made this Spicy Quinoa Corn Chowder – a hearty yet healthy soup using quinoa in place of potatoes, and only a touch of cream. 

I like a bit of kick in my corn chowder, so the minced jalapeno adds just the perfect amount. I round it out with some chili powder and cumin for that smoky flavor. The next time you want a chowder, try using quinoa – it worked so well in this soup and one cup was a delicious and filling lunch. 

Spicy Quinoa Corn ChowderOriginal Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations
Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and stems removed, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 sm can creamed corn
  • 3/4 c frozen corn
  • 1/2 c quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tsp each chili powder and cumin
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and black pepper
  • 4 c low sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1/2 c light cream
Directions
  • Heat olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven
  • Add the carrots, celery and onion; saute 2 minutes
  • Add the jalapeno, garlic and red pepper; saute 2-3 minutes
  • Add the frozen corn and creamed corn; stir
  • Add the quinoa and spiced, stir to combine
  • Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and let simmer 15-20 minutes until quinoa has cooked through.
  • Add the cream and stir. Adjust seasoning if necessary

Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations