Another Slow Cooker Soup: Escarole With Turkey Meatballs

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I'm not sick of soup yet, and I hope you aren't either.  While D. did request a "solid meal" when he returns end of week, even he's been digging the soup lately.  And who wouldn't?  They're hearty, healthy, flavorful, warm, cheap and easy.  D. gets dinner made for him, most nights, but easy on me is easy on him.  'Cause as we say in our house, "if mama ain't happy, no one's happy." 

This soup takes a bit longer to prep than the Slow Cooker Taco Soup I made the other day - but not too long.  It's about 40 minutes of your time, total - that includes rolling up the little meatballs, which are so cute, and so tasty, you'll be glad you made the effort.

Slow Cooker Escarole Soup With Turkey Meatballs

4 carrots, halved lengthwise then cut into 1/2-inch 1/2-circles
12 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 head escarole, roughly chopped
1 lb. ground turkey breast
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 c. plain whole wheat dry breadcrumbs
1 T. Italian seasoning blend
1/3 c. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

 In a large (mine is 6-qt.) slow cooker, combine the carrots, escarole and chicken broth.  Cook on low for 4 hours, making sure your escarole gets submerged in the chicken broth.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the turkey, 1/3 c. cheese, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, eggs and some salt & pepper (best way to do this is with your hands).  Rinse your hands and fashion the turkey mixture into 1-inch meatballs.  Place on a plate or cookie sheet and cover.  Keep in the refrigerator until it's time to place the meatballs in the soup.  After your veggies have cooked for 4 hours, carefully put the meatballs in the soup, recover the slow cooker, and cook on high for another 3 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through.  Stir and taste for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper as needed.  Serve topped with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled on top.

Serves 6.  You could add some small cooked pasta to this just before serving if you like.  Good with a crusty loaf of bread, and if you're L., slather that with LOTS of butter.  Mmmmmmm.