Escarole, meatballs, chicken broth, and arborio rice. What's not to love? A simply tasty, comforting, and easy soup to prepare. It's perfect anytime.
Ingredients for Escarole Soup:
1/2 pound ground chicken
1/2 pound Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain panko
6 1/2 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup arborio rice
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1-2 stalks of celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Time-Saving Tips: The vegetables can be prepped in advance. The entire dish can be made in advance and gently reheated.
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Make sure to prep the vegetables and ready to go so they will be ready when you are.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl combine the 1/2 pound of sausage, 1/2 pound ground chicken, cheese, and panko. Shape into 30 equal meatballs. Place meatballs on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate while preparing the rest of the soup.
Saute carrots, onion, and celery in 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Saute about 3-5 minutes over low-medium heat. Add the broth, water, rice, and escarole and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add all of the meatballs; stir. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until rice and meatballs are cooked.
It's ready! It looks great and tastes great, too! Serve with some crusty Italian bread and you have a great meal. It's great to serve to a group since kids and adults love it.