Chicken Meatball And Spinach Soup
Looking for something comforting? Try Tanmoy Savardekar's Chicken Meatball and Spinach Soup.
Cook Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Medium
Serves: 2-4 people

INGREDIENTS


For the meatballs
1 egg
1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
300 g ground chicken
2 tbsp bread crumbs

For the soup
1 carrot, peeled and chopped into 1-2 inch chunks
2 or 3 stalks of celery, chopped into 1-2 inch chunks
1 bay leaf
5-6 mixed peppercorns [whole]
7-8 cloves of garlic, mashed
1 white onion, roughly chopped
1 tbsp parsley
2 cups spinach, roughly chopped 
2 legs of chicken
2 ltrs water
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD


For the meatballs

  1. While your chicken stock is simmering, prepare the meatballs. Combine the ground chicken, egg, flat-leaf parsley, onion, and breadcrumbs.
  2. Season and then taste by cooking a bit of the meatball mixture in the simmering stock. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Form tiny meatballs and keep in the fridge until your stock is done.

For the soup

  1. Clean the chicken legs thoroughly. In a stock pot add a little oil and sauté the chopped onions, garlic, pepper and the bay leaf. Add the carrots and celery. Add the chicken legs and lightly sauté them. Add 2 liters of water and bring it to a boil and lower to a simmer. Skim the froth and impurities that form on the surface of the stock.
  2. After about 30-45 minutes of simmering, the chicken legs should be cooked. [Remove from the stock and cool. Shred the meat off the chicken and reserve for another use or you can just put it in the soup as well before serving]
  3. Put the bones back into the stock and simmer. The stock will probably need another 30 minutes or so to have the headiness of a delicately flavoured chicken soup.
  4. After 30 minutes taste the soup and season accordingly. Scoop the solids out with a slotted spoon and discard. Strain the stock, return to the stove , turn the heat up and add the chicken meatballs and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until cooked [ cut one up to see if it’s cooked throughout].
  5. Add the roughly chopped spinach and serve hot.