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This recipe is a knock-off of the traditional Italian wedding soup. Interestingly enough, the original dish of fame is not served at weddings at all; the name refers to the "marriage" of greens and meat in a clear broth. Here, substituting shrimp balls for the traditional ground beef meatballs makes it a healthy alternative. Using canned broth makes this a very quick and filling dinner entree -- even speedier if the shrimp balls are prepared in advance. The leftovers are delicious!
- 1 lb raw shrimp
- 2 egg whites
- 1 (8 ounce) package feta cheese
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1⁄2 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
- 1 ounce fresh basil
- parmesan cheese, extra to grate on top of bowls
- Shell and devein the shrimp. With a towel, pat thoroughly dry. Chop in a food processor or blender. Blend in the egg whites, cheeses, garlic and cornstarch until it becomes a paste-like consistency. Roll into 1-inch balls. (Step #1 can be done in advance of meal time.).
- In a large saucepan, heat chicken broth on high. As soon as it starts boiling, carefully drop in shrimp balls one by one. Stir in orzo, lemon juice and chick peas. The liquid will stop boiling but as soon as it starts again, reduce heat to medium. Add basil. Cook for 10 minutes or until orzo is tender.
- Ladle soup into individual bowls and grate fresh parmesan cheese on top. Serve with warm pita bread cut in triangles.