My dear husband and boys were hit by the illness truck. All three have coughs and sniffles. It hit them hard. I was planning something quite different for dinner, but husband requested chicken noodle soup so he could feel better soon. I found this recipe; it was intriguing. I did not add the escarole, since I think BAP and SSP would not approve of lettuce or the sort in their soup. I made the soup extra fun by using pasta stars instead of orzo.
Escarole & Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs
adapted from: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/02/escarole-and-orzo-soup-with-meatballs/
1 large egg
2 T water
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
12oz ground turkey
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 t pepper
8 cups low salt chicken broth
1 cup chopped and peeled carrots
1 1/2 cups star shaped little pasta
4 cups chopped escarole
Combine egg, water, bread crumbs, turkey, Parmesan, garlic and pepper in a bowl. Form in to 18 smallish meatballs...place on a cookie sheet and put in fridge for about 30minutes before continuing.
Boil chicken broth in a large pot. Add carrots; simmer about 7minutes. Add pasta and meatballs. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add escarole and simmer and additional 5minutes, until wilted.
Serve with crackers and additional Parmesan cheese.