Italian Wedding Soup has nothing to do with weddings. Sad, but true.
You know I always pictured a chaotic, joyful wedding scene with people happily slurping up this particular soup. I figured there was some sort of symbolism in the ingredients. I had woven an intricate web of romantic possibilities around the recipe. And none of them are true. Not one.
It seems that the name comes from an Italian phrase, si sposono bene, which means that two things are well married; they go together well. It may have been served at a wedding or two but only because it is delicious, not because it is symbolic. Another fantasy lost. Continue reading