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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Soup Sunday- Tuscan Italian Wedding Soup

This recipe is an Italian wedding soup with some beans thrown in for some extra protein. That is the Tuscan touch.

I was hoping soup weather was over in Wisconsin. It is May after all. With warmer weather I though I would be doing salad recipes. But the weather is supposed to be rainy all week and not get much above 50 F.
So the weather will be perfect for a hearty soup like this.  Today was sunny and about 50F so I finally got a chance to work in the garden clearing off winter debris. So it was nice to have a simple recipe like this that was easy to put together. I paired this with some homemade bread for a hearty dinner.

1 box Swanson Chicken Stock  (26 ounces)
1 lb. Turkey meatballs ( half of bag)*
2 stalks celery chopped
3 carrots chopped
1 can ( 15 oz) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
¾ cup orzo pasta
2 cups fresh Spinach
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine stock and meatballs in stockpot. Bring to a simmer. If using frozen meatballs, simmer until they are warmed through.  Add celery, carrots and beans.  Simmer for a few minutes.  Add orzo pasta and bring to a boil. Simmer until pasta is done (about 15 minutes).  Add the spinach and remove from heat. Ladle into soup bowls. Serve with a bit of parmesan cheese on top. Makes 6 servings


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champiwas eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain, but passed on the opportunity to compete at the Pan American Paratriathlon Championship ( PATCO) in Dallas May 2014 as a member of Team USA.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 149 members in 27 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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