Adams Escarole Meatball Soup

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Recipe: #36313

January 17, 2021

"Great tasting soup made with little meatballs, escarole, mushrooms, etc. Source: Chef Jodie Adams with some changes."

Original is 4-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (699.6 g)
  • Calories 595.6
  • Total Fat - 33.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 323.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1860.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 29.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 9.8 g
  • Protein - 41.8 g
  • Calcium - 196.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method


Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender about 3 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

Combine the remaining meatball ingredients except for the flour in a bowl, add the shallots and garlic, and mix. Test the mixture by forming a small amount into a ball and frying it. Taste, and adjust the seasonings in the meat mixture as necessary. Dust your hands with flour and form the mixture into meatballs the size of marbles (about 12 teaspoons). Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.


Step 3

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the carrot, celery, leek, and mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and escarole, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and herbs and cook, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Step 4

Add the meatballs to the soup (or if you prefer, you can fry them with a little olive oil in a skillet before adding them to the soup).

Step 5

Poach for 5 minutes. Add the lemon rind and lemon juice. The lemon rind and juice helps brighten it all up, but be careful in not adding too much of the juice, therefore start small and increase, if necessary, and definitely taste as you go.

Step 6

Ladle the soup into warm bowls, sprinkle with the grated Parmesan, and serve. Offer additional cheese on the side.

NOTE: You can also use a combination of veal and pork. I particularly like using a combo of veal and pork sausage, either Italian or country sausage. I also prefer, sauteeing in a skillet prior to popping the meatballs into the soup and don't care in throwing it into the broth on its own.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


I fried my meatballs before adding to the soup....I couldn't afford ground was $25 a pound!! So used a mix of ground chuck and ground pork. Didn't want the fat going in to the soup. Very surprising soup with the lemon. I had to add additional salt and pepper, but that is probably just my taste preference. Loved the chopped mushrooms in this. Gave a very earthy flavor to the soup. Great soup for a cool night here on the coast.


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(31 Jan 2022)

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