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Escarole and Chicken Meatball Soup


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Escarole and Chicken Meatball Soup

I love soups in the Fall. The weather starts to get colder and all I want is a nice hot bowl of a soup. The best part is that soups can be a great way to get lots of vegetables and eat low calorie. This soup is a one pot meal, you can put rice in the soup or serve it on the side or leave it out. The greens and the chicken meatballs are really hardy enough on their own.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min




  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, plus 1 minced
  • 1 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced, plus 1, minced for meatballs
  • 1 small bunch parsley, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large head escarole, cored and cut into 2" pieces
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups rice, uncooked cook per directions and serve with soup


Preheat oven to 350.

Mix ground chicken, bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, 1/2 of oil, seasoning, minced garlic and onion, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Form into 30, 1 1/2″ meatballs and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes or until browned.

Heat remaining oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium high heat.  Add sliced garlic and onion and cook until lightly brown, about 10 minutes.  Add escarole and cook a few minutes, until wilted.  Use tongs.  Add stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer.  Add meatballs, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and extra nutritional yeast if desired.



Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 425
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 880mg
  • Total Carbs: 50g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 27g


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




9 Responses to Escarole and Chicken Meatball Soup

  1. avatar says: Debra

    What is nutritional yesst and where can you get it in Israel?

    • I don’t know if you can find it in Israel, but here it is found in health food stores. It is a deactivated yeast and looks like yellow flakes. It lasts forever so if you can’t find it there you can have someone send it to you.

  2. I can not wait to try this yummy sounding soup. It will be perfect for a cold winter meal! Thanks for includig this in my email:)

  3. avatar says: Marci

    What is nutritional yeast?

    • It is an inactive yeast product that resembles grated Parmesan cheese. You can find it in health food stores.

  4. This was unbelievable. Just fantastic. We didn’t need the rice. We didn’t have escarole so I used beet greens instead – came out great.

  5. In the directions, “Mix ground chicken, bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, 1/s of oil, seasoning, minced garlic and onion, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl,” what is the correct amount of oil?

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