How to make it

  • Follow the steps below in sequence, as the timing of putting ingredients in the soup is important.
  • In an 5-6 quart saucepan, boil half a chicken. (Remove the skin before cooking.)
  • Cook for 1 ½-2 hours on low boil.
  • Add 1 or 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper. As it is cooking, remove the foam from the liquid.
  • Add 1 bouillon cube.
  • When soup is done, remove chicken from liquid. Take meat off the bones and put into separate bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  • For best results, refrigerate broth overnight and skim fat off the top before reheating. Before reheating, strain broth through a fine strainer.
  • Clean and break into 2-inch pieces, 1 to 1 ½ pounds of escarole. Steam escarole to 90% doneness. If you cannot find escarole, use romaine lettuce.
  • Scrape 1-2 carrots and dice into medium pieces.
  • Dice 2 stalks of celery into medium sized pieces.
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely.
  • These 3 ingredients and the escarole will be added to the broth after the chicken has thoroughly been cooked and broth strained.
  • Prepare meatball mixture:
  • ½ pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Roll meatballs in ¾-inch diameter balls refrigerate until ready to cook soup.
  • When ready to cook soup, in a separate 2-quart saucepan, cook about 1/3-1/2 pound of Acini di Pepe or orzo pasta. Cook to al dente.
  • Add meatballs to broth. Cook at a simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken pieces, carrots, celery and onion. Simmer until vegetables are 90% done. Add escarole and let simmer until almost done. Add pasta and soup is ready to serve.
  • Add grated cheese on top for additional flavor.

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    " It was excellent "
    jemison ate it and said...
    Love this soup.
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    " It was excellent "
    noir ate it and said...
    Terrific! :)
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  • lovethedepp 10 years ago
    Soup is my fall/winter staple food. This sounds great-will definitely be trying soon-thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    I agree, nothing better than home made over canned. I also buy this in a can occasionally. Glad to have a recipe for the scratch version. Sound great. High 5.
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  • lilliancooks 10 years ago
    This sounds great! I always buy this in a can. I rather make it from scratch. I'll try this! I just saved it. Thanks so much!
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