wanting to be almost Amish...starting with soup

I just finished reading  Almost Amish and it was fantastic. 
Like, life changing fantastic, my friends. 

I actually feel really sad that the book is over. I totally cried that it was over. 
It's probably going to be one of my staple books that I read 7 times a year. 
And I'm going to try and perfect (to our tastes) every single recipe she blessed us with at  the end of her book. 
(Thank you, Nancy!) 

The two I really want to be awesome at is this wedding soup and the Challah (Jewish braided egg bread) which I will definitely blog about when that time comes. 

Oh, and the salads. I suck at salads but Nancy's salad recipes look super wicked good. 

So to celebrate the end of the book and the start of my new, Almost Amish ways, I decided to try Nancy's Wedding Soup recipe.
(yes, I'm on a first name basis with the author. She just doesn't know about it.) 


So, from Nancy's kitchen to my kitchen to your kitchen. Enjoy! 

Wedding Soup! (Italian Meatball Soup with Orzo)

     2 Tbs. butter      
3/4 c. diced onion      
1 c. diced carrots      
5 c. chicken broth      
1 beef bouillon cube      
1 c. dried orzo     
 30 cooked meatballs, freshly made or frozen      
Total of 1 tsp. dried or 2 tsp. fresh Italian herbs (such as basil, oregano, and parsley)   
   Salt and pepper to taste      
1/2 c. diced spinach or other fresh greens      
Optional: grated Parmesan cheese 

In a soup pot, sauté onion and carrots in butter until soft, about 10 minutes. Add broth and bouillon cube and continue cooking 10 minutes more. 
Meanwhile, in a separate pot, cook orzo according to package directions until firm, about 6 minutes. 
When onion and carrots are tender, add meatballs, Italian herbs, and cooked, drained orzo. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in diced greens and cook for one minute longer. Spoon into bowls and offer optional grated Parmesan cheese at the table. 
Note: If you plan to have leftovers, add orzo to each bowl rather than to the soup pot. Orzo expands, so it will soak up all the broth overnight.

We LOVED it. 

A few things we learned : 

soup on hot days is only okay if you have A/C. summertime heat is stupid. 

soup is really good and you don't have to be really old to enjoy it. 

you don't need as many meatballs as shown in the photo in one bowl. 
holy meatball, batman. 
or make smaller meatballs. 

more spinach is always a good thing. 

we want to triple this recipe next time.  

ethan loves leftovers. soup freezes and reheats really well! 

next time i will add way more onion and carrots then called for. yum! 

wearing cute aprons and listening to patsy cline, johnny cash, elvis and the mamas and the papas while cooking makes one really happy. 

oh, just a silly little cute thing : elvis just happened to be singing "can't help falling in love with you" when ethan walked into the house so he grabbed me for a dance and his yelling singing voice to add to evlis'. how perfect is he?! oh, my heart. 

it was like the movies where the girl is adorable and wearing a sweet apron while testing the soup while birds sing around her and her tall, handsome guy walks through the door, sweeps her off her feet 
and kisses her and she's effortless and angelic. .. . 

only it wasn't because i wasn't adorable, i was sweating from the million degree heat that happens when you have 4 hot soup pots on the stove and meatballs in the oven and your glasses are slipping down your gross sweaty face and you're not effortless like grace kelly. 

movies lie. 
but real life with my tall, handsome guy is my kind of perfect :)