Chicken, Escarole, and Orecchiette Soup
In a 6- to 8-quart pot combine chicken pieces, onion, salt, the thyme, pepper, the garlic, and bay leaves. Add 8 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 1 hour or until chicken is very tender and falls off the bones.Advertisement
Remove chicken from broth. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones. Discard bones and skin. Cut meat into bite-size pieces. Discard bay leaves. Return chicken to broth. Add 8 cups escarole, carrots, and celery. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Stir in pasta; return to a simmer. Cook 7 to 9 minutes or until pasta and escarole are tender. Stir in basil and remaining escarole. Top each serving with grated Parmesan cheese. Serves 8.