Active Time
40 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups soup and 2 tsp. cheese)

Here’s a fun and comforting take on chicken soup. We use ground chicken and turn it into super-savory, Parmesan-flavored meatballs. Loads of sliced carrots dot the soup (somehow, most other chicken soups don’t have enough carrots), and big handfuls of baby spinach gently wilt into the broth. A finishing flourish of grated Parmesan cheese enriches every satisfying bowl.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Add panko, 1/4 teaspoon salt, oregano, half of cheese, garlic, and egg; mix well to combine. Shape into 32 meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each) and arrange on prepared pan. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Increase heat to high broil (do not remove pan from oven); broil 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add carrot, onion, and celery; cook 10 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in stock, pepper, bay leaves, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until carrot is tender. Gradually add spinach, stirring just until spinach wilts. Gently stir in cooked meatballs. Sprinkle soup with remaining cheese.

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