Escarole and Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs
Bon Appétit | February 2003
If desired, grate a little extra Parmesan cheese for passing; a sprinkling over the soup will echo the flavor in the meatballs.
Yield: Makes 4 main-course servings
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
- 12 ounces lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 8 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth
- 1 cup chopped peeled carrots
- 3/4 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
- 4 cups coarsely chopped escarole (about 1/2 medium head)
Whisk egg and 2 tablespoons water in medium bowl to blend. Mix in breadcrumbs; let stand 5 minutes. Add turkey, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper; gently stir to blend. Using wet hands, shape turkey mixture into 1 1/4-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on baking sheet; cover and chill 30 minutes.
Bring 8 cups chicken broth to boil in large pot. Add carrots and orzo; reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered 8 minutes. Add turkey meatballs and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in chopped escarole and simmer until turkey meatballs, orzo, and escarole are tender, about 5 minutes longer. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Rewarm over medium heat, thinning with more broth if desired.)
Ladle soup into bowls and serve.
Per serving: calories, 350; total fat, 14 g; saturated fat, 5 g; cholesterol, 132 mg
Nutritional analysis provided by Bon Appétit