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Chicken Meatball Tortellini Soup

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 25, 2011 in Family, Food, Moms |

Tyler Florence is one of those guys who cooks nice homey dinners to be enjoyed with family and friends.  The importance of family for him is evidenced by the cover of his cookbook with his baby on the floor playing with the pots and pans.  Although those pots look pretty heavy for a baby to be playing with.  Choosing a recipe to make was fairly easy as it came down to just a few choices.  On great part of the cookbook, besides the copious amounts of pictures would be the recipes for baby food.  Granted I am past that stage in my life, but it sure would have been nice to have had these in my recipe box when I was a young mom.

What I chose to make was based on the need for some warm comfort food.  The temperature is way too cold, the wind is way to strong and sun is nowhere to be found.  The recipe is called “Dr. Tyler’s Chicken Meatball and Tortellini Soup” and it is just what the doctor ordered on a cold winters night.  It was easy enough to prepare and it warmed me up to my toes.  I love making chicken noodle soup as it is my go to recipe for my family when I don’t know what to make.  So the twist of the chicken in meatball form and the noodles being tortellini.  This is a great recipe and I would defiantly make it again.  I liked it, my oldest son liked it and if my husband would have been home for dinner, he would have liked it to.  Instead my husband gets it in leftover form for his lunches at work.  My middle son did not like the texture of the chicken meatball and the youngest son passed on it all together.  What is with these two?  Their loss!  Enjoy.

Dr. Tyler’s Chicken Meatball Tortellini Soup, page 74

Ingredients:

Chicken Meatballs

  • 4 links 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 Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigaino-Reggiano, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
  • kosher salt and 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 ribs celery, diced
  • kosher salt
  • 2 quarts reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound fresh refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini, thawed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • grated Parmigaino-Reggiano
  • Fresh parsley sprigs for garnish
  • 1 crusty French baguette, to serve with soup

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare meatballs by combining loose ground chicken meat (discard casings, if using sausages), bread crumbs, milk, egg, parsley, and the 1/4 cup cheese 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 the 2 tablespoons cheese.  Rost in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and caramelized.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  Season with salt and pepper and serve in a shallow bowls.  Sprinkle with parsley and grated cheese.  Garnish each bowl with a parsley sprig and serve with some torn pieces of crusty bread.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

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