Canederli In Brodo (Italian Dumplings in Broth)

Recipe for Canederli In Brodo (Italian Dumplings in Broth)
Becky Luigart-Stayner


1 Italian bread loaf (10 to 14 slices, crust removed, slightly dried)
1-1/2 cups warm milk
8 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 pound Genoa salami or prosciutto, finely chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 to 7 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
chicken broth, heated


Moisten bread with milk. Squeeze out excess milk.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon with onions for 5 to 8 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Pour off and discard fat. Set pan aside to cool.

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Mix together bread, onions and bacon, eggs, salami, Parmesan, 4 to 5 tablespoons parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add enough flour to form soft balls about 3 inches in diameter. (You can make balls another size but must adjust cooking time.)

Drop balls, one at a time, into boiling water. Simmer 3-inch balls for 15 minutes, or until each puffs up and rises to the top. Remove balls carefully with a slotted spoon.

Serve one or two balls per bowl, covered with heated broth. Garnish with remaining parsley.


Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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My grandfather was from the same town...Trento. Sadly that area was hit very hard with COVID. He came to America when his parents died of the flu and he wound up in Ohio working as a coal miner. He met my American born grandmother and she taught him how to read and write English. The family moved to. NY during the depression. My mom made this often, but as a kid I didn’t like them. Now, as a grandmother myself, I appreciate and enjoy these wonderful recipes and family heritage.

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I am from the same area in Italy, and was so happily surprised to see this recipe, I make it for the holidays, my family love it.