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Tender escarole and tasty meatbals make this soup a complete meal.


Escarole & Meatball Soup

1 small to medium head of escarole, washed and chopped into large pieces

1/2 lb chop meat (mix of pork, veal & beef)

3 tbls grated parmigiano cheese

1 egg

a few sprigs of parsley, chopped (or 1 tsp dried parsley)

2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine

1 slice of white bread

2 tbls milk

4 cups of chicken stock

salt pepper and olive oil

Break up the bread and soak in the milk till soft. 

In a bowl mix the chop meat, parmigiano cheese, egg, parsley, garlic, soaked bread, a pinch or two of salt and pepper.  Mix gently and only until all the ingredients are incorporated. Pinch off 1 inch pieces of the mix and roll into meatballs (you should get about 20).

Heat 3 tbls olive oil in a soup pot (no smaller than 3 quart size) and add the meatballs. Cook a few minutes, turning them so all sides are brown. Add the escarole and the chicken stock.

Simmer about 35-40 minutes until the escarole is soft and the meatballs are cooked through.