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Escarole Chicken Soup

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This soup is very simple to prepare once the chicken is cooked and the escarole washed and chopped. When it is done, remove the chicken from the bones and strain the broth. You need both broth and chicken. Any additional chicken beyond 2 cups, save for another use.

Ingredients

8 cups chicken broth
2 cups peeled, seeded & chopped tomatoes
2 cups small pieces cooked chicken
½ to 1 tsp. salt
12 cups chopped escarole (about 1 1/2lbs.)
freshly ground pepper to taste
2/3 cup chopped scallion
grated parmesan or Romano cheese
1/3 cup small macaroni

Method

Prepare the chicken broth. Remove the meat from the bones, cut up 2 cups of chicken, and set aside.

Wash and slice (or chop coarsely) 1-1/2lbs of escarole. Heat the chicken broth in a large, 6 qt. soup pot. When the broth starts to boil, add the scallions and macaroni. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the macaroni is almost cooked. Add the tomatoes, chicken, escarole, salt and pepper. Return to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes longer or until the escarole is tender. Top with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese just before serving.