Chicken-and-Ricotta Meatballs in Broth
Autumn is almost here and I love soup when the thermometer drops. I’m looking forward to trying this one. I like the idea of bumping up the nutrition with the addition of baby spinach.
Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs in Broth
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
* 1 pound ground white-meat chicken
* 2 cups part-skim ricotta
* 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
* 1 large egg
* 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
* Ground nutmeg
* 8 cups (64 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
* 1 lemon, zest peeled off in wide strips, plus lemon slices for serving
* 3 sprigs fresh thyme
* 1 bag (6 ounces) baby spinach
1. In a large bowl, mix chicken with ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt, and pinch of nutmeg until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, combine broth, lemon zest, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Using a spring-loaded 1/4-cup ice-cream scoop or two large spoons, drop meatball mixture into broth (you should have 18 meatballs). Simmer gently until meatballs float and are cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Just before serving, add spinach to broth and let wilt; garnish soup with lemon slices.
From Everyday Food, September 2009