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Enjoy This Recipe Courtesy of Chef Les Kincaid 

Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs 


For soup:
1 onion, chopped fine
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound escarole (about 1/2 head), cut crosswise into 1/2 - inch strips, washed well and spun dry (about 6 cups, packed)
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup orzo (rice shaped pasta) or other small pasta 

For meatballs:
1/4 pound ground turkey
3 tablespoons fine fresh breadcrumbs
1 large egg yolk
1 scallion, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 

Make soup:
In a large heavy saucepan cook the onion and rosemary in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened. Add escarole, stirring to coat with oil, and cook, covered, 1 minute.  Add broth and orzo and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

Make meatballs while soup simmers:

In a bowl combine well all meatball ingredients except oil and season with salt and pepper.  Form mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter. In a heavy 9-inch skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown meatballs about 3 minutes (meatballs will not be completely cooked through).
Add meatballs to soup and simmer, partially covered, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic paste, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. 

Yield:  2 servings