Google+ Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery: Camden's Italian Wedding Soup & Lunchbox Love ... 1/13/12


Friday, January 13, 2012

Camden's Italian Wedding Soup & Lunchbox Love ... 1/13/12

Welcome to our weekly Friday feature, Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love!  This link party is specifically for your dishes that will travel well in a lunchbox, and if they're free of some (or all) of the top eight food allergens, that's even better :)

So, who is Camden and why is today's soup named after him?  He's our new baby cousin!  Born just a week ago, he's my first nephew and the boys' only first cousin.  We're so excited to have a new member in our family, my youngest proposed naming our next recipe after him.  And so we did!  Here's a photo for you to oooh and aaaah over :)

So today's featured lunchbox recipe is Camden's Italian Wedding Soup.  Our version is dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free, and I've replaced the pork in the meatballs with ground turkey.  My boys think limp green things floating in soup are poison, so I've also replaced the curly endive with barely-cooked green beans.  Would you believe, it worked!  All three boys ate their dinners tonight, right down to the bottom of the bowl.  I made extra, so there will be leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.  Luckily, they have access to a microwave at school, so the soup will be nice and hot for them at lunchtime.  If you can eat dairy, you might like to sprinkle a little Parmesan on top of your soup, but it's fine without it as well.

Camden's Italian Wedding Soup

12 cups chicken broth
2 lbs ground turkey
1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
1/2 cup rice milk
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups rice pasta (penne)
2 cups fresh green beans, cut in 1" pieces

Start by heating the broth in a very large pot on high.  While the broth is warming, mix together the meatballs.  First, combine the bread crumbs and rice milk in a medium bowl, and mix until the liquid is absorbed.  Add the garlic, salt and pepper and stir.  Add the ground turkey and mix with your hands until everything is well combined.  Roll very small (1" diameter) meatballs and drop into the boiling broth.  Add the pasta, then five minutes later add the green beans.  When the pasta is tender, the soup is ready.


At last week's link party, The Mom Hood shared a super-easy, grain-free cookie made with just three ingredients!  These SunButter cookies include just SunButter, sugar and your favorite egg substitute.... couldn't be any simpler :)  Click the title over the photo to jump to her site for all the details.

from The Mom Hood

Now it's time for this week's link party.  What did you pack for lunch this week?

Shared with Pennywise Platter at the Nourishing Gourmet and Monday Mania at the Healthy Home Economist and This Week's Cravings at Mom's Crazy Cooking and the Gallery of Favorites at Premeditated Leftovers and Traditional Tuesday at Whole New Mom and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager and Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and These Chicks Cooked at This Chick Cooks and the Homemaking LinkUp at Raising Homemakers and Creative Juice at Momnivore's Dilemma and Show Off Your Stuff at Fireflies and Jellybeans and Happiness Is at Rub Some Dirt On It and Allergy Friendly Friday with Cybele Pascal and Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home and Fresh Bites Friday at Real Food Whole Health and Friday Food at MomTrends and Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence and the January Blog Hop at Fave Diets and Sunday Night Soup Night at Easy Natural Food and Hunk of Meat Monday at Beyer Beware and Melt in Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.


  1. Yum! We LOVE Sunbutter! Definitely going to check out that recipe. :)

  2. Hi Lisa..feel like I haven't 'talked' to you in ages! Hope you are well. I shared a family favorite that takes almost zero prep...and it's a cheap dinner to boot. Even with the increasingly picky kiddos, this is always a winner!

  3. Thanks for featuring me :) Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Lisa,

    I shared my Antioxidant Power Smoothie and Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipes. I am also your newest follower :)

    Have a great Friday!

  5. Hi There Lisa,

    This week I am sharing two recipes:

    1. An easy (10 minute) dairy-free mushroom soup (we love to pack soups for our snow days; makes for a warm, comforting lunch).

    2. And a fun granola that my kids are nuts over (pun totally intended) :-)

    I made some fun parfaits with my vegan persimmon pudding & the granola.

    Have a great weekend!!




  6. Hi Lisa, I'm sharing a post for a curried lentil soup with raita. Hope you're well and have a great weekend.

  7. Thanks for hosting!!! I posted my granola bar recipe I created. Definitely great for lunchboxes!!

  8. That soup looks good, but what a yummy baby! Thanks so much for sharing on Friday Food.

  9. We are all about the thermos! Our kids are homeschooled but do camps and classes and we never go anywhere without our thermoses. Have soup, will travel!

  10. Your Italian Wedding Soup sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  11. I love Italian Wedding Soup, but haven't made it in ages. I so need a bowl!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

  12. What a delicious soup and what a lovely way to honor the newest member of your family! Thanks for sharing your recipe and the adorable picture with the Gallery of Favorites.

  13. Hi! Your Italian wedding soup has been nominated as one of the "Best Italian Wedding Soup Recipes on the Net". To vote for it, please visit (your recipe is positioned at #221).