Tuesday, April 24, 2012

T@tT: Lazy Soup

Yesterday afternoon I had no interest in making dinner.  Usually I make myself go into the kitchen at about 5ish to get things moving but yesterday it just wasn't there....but I did have a plan.  I had a new soup recipe with all of the ingredients already purchased and ready...and all I needed to do was pull the trigger.  

Guess I was just being lazy.  

Finally at about 6pm I got motivated and made Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs from the April 2012 issue of Bon Appetit.  Oh my was it good.  This is a light minestrone made with chicken, leeks, pasta, spinach and carrots.  Instead of buying ground chicken, I ground up two chicken breasts in my food processor (just learned to do that a few years ago - how easy!) added in bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic and S&P.  After forming into little meatballs, I browned them in my stockpot. My 16 yr old remarked more than once how good it smelled in the house.  

I then took the chicken meatballs out, added in leeks and garlic to cook for about 3 minutes, then added in the remainder of the ingredients except for the meatballs. When the pasta was almost done I added back in the meatballs to heat until the pasta was done.  The recipe says to add the spinach into the stockpot but I prefer to individualize my soup portions by placing the spinach in the bottom of the bowl and then ladling in the soup on top.  My boys will not touch the spinach so why waste perfectly good spinach on them?  
My photo: Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs 
I think the leeks added another dimension to this soup which made it a winner in my house.

Why can't my photo look as good as the original? (see below)  I was just drooling over the cameras featured in today's BA Blog - go see their article about "Finding The Best Camera for Food Photos".
Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs - Photograph by Romulo Yanes
I'm a bit late to the Table this week due to school but please go visit Debbie at her wonderful Tuesday at the Table feature.  This week she's talking about Farro.  Don't know what Farro is - all the more reason to go visit and find out.  

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, 


  1. Sounds delicious! Nice tip on the ground chicken. I can't ever find it here and I don't really like taking time to ask at the butcher counter.

  2. Looks like another great soup!

  3. I've never tried a soup quite like that but it looks and sounds really good! Thanks for the link RE: cameras and food - I'll be checking that out!! And thanks for linking up, Suz!

  4. Yours looks delicious! I'd stop by for dinner!