Soup with Winter Greens and Meatballs: Zuppa con Polpettine (Mario Batali) Recipe

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  1. In a small bowl, combine ground meat, 1 egg, bread crumbs, grated cheese, parsley, garlic, a pinch of salt, and black pepper. Form into meatballs about the size of a walnut. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12 to 14-inch saute pan over medium heat and brown the balls, working in batches.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add the escarole and cook 7 to 10 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer 10 minutes more, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, beat the remaining 2 eggs. Roll the bread cubes in the flour, then in the beaten eggs.
  4. In a 10-inch saute pan, heat the remaining 1/2 cup oil over medium-high heat and fry the bread cubes until golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  5. Divide the hot stock, meatballs and bread cubes among 6 to 8 warmed soup bowls and serve, garnished with extra grated cheese, if desired.
  6. Brown Chicken Stock:
  7. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over high heat until smoking. Add all the chicken parts and brown all over, stirring to avoid burning. Remove the chicken and reserve. Add the carrots, onions, and celery to the pot and cook until soft and browned. Return the chicken to the pot and add 3 quarts of water, the tomato paste, peppercorns, and parsley. Stir with a wooden spoon to dislodge the browned chicken and vegetables bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring almost to a boil, then reduce heat and cook at a low simmer until reduced by half, about 2 hours, occasionally skimming excess fat. Remove from heat, strain, and press on the solids with the bottom of a ladle to extract out all liquids. Stir the stock to facilitate cooling and set aside. Refrigerate stock in small containers for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
  8. Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1131.87 Kcal (4739 kJ)
Calories from fat 631.07 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 70.12g 108%
Cholesterol 417.6mg 139%
Sodium 2972.8mg 124%
Potassium 1477.6mg 31%
Total Carbs 44.01g 15%
Sugars 14.86g 59%
Dietary Fiber 5.58g 22%
Protein 82.59g 165%
Vitamin C 9.9mg 16%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 10%
Iron 8.1mg 45%
Calcium 172.1mg 17%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 126.43 Kcal (529 kJ)
Calories from fat 70.49 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.83g 108%
Cholesterol 46.65mg 139%
Sodium 332.08mg 124%
Potassium 165.05mg 31%
Total Carbs 4.92g 15%
Sugars 1.66g 59%
Dietary Fiber 0.62g 22%
Protein 9.23g 165%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 16%
Iron 0.9mg 45%
Calcium 19.2mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 27.7
  • 30

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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