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Old 10-15-2011, 10:26 AM   #72
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Default Chicken Meatball and Tortellini Soup

Chicken Meatballs
4 links organic chicken-apple sausage (or equivalent ground chicken meat)
1/2 cup fresh bread, crumbs (2 slices fresh white bread ground up)
1/2 cup whole milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
Soup
extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 large carrots, cut into circles
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
kosher salt
3 quarts reduced- sodium chicken broth
4 black peppercorns
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
1 bay leaf
1 lb fresh refrigerated tortellini
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare meatballs by combining loose ground chicken meat (discard casings, if using sausages), bread crumbs, milk, egg, parsley, and the 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then mix until fully combined. Using a small ice cream scoop, make balls and set on a roasting tray. Drizzle lightly with oil and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and caramelized.

While the meatballs are roasting, prepare the soup. Set a large stockpot over medium heat. Add a 2-count of oil (about 2 tablespoons), the garlic, and thyme. Gently saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, onion, and celery. Season with salt and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and add peppercorns, the 2 tablespoons parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Once meatballs are cooked, scrape them into the pot of chicken soup and add tortellini. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Remove peppercorns and bay leaf. Serve with some torn pieces of crusty bread. ( Jalapeno Cheddar bread makes a great pairing)
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