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Chicken and Escarole Soup

Serves 4

I love fresh greens in a good brothy soup recipe and escarole is one of my favorites. This is an Italian version of chicken noodle soup. Make the chicken broth portion of the recipe on your day off and refrigerate or freeze, then finish the soup on a busy day for a quick, easy, healthy and delicious dinner.

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For the broth, heat the olive oil in large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on all sides. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic cloves, bay leaf, broth, salt and pepper to taste. Add water as needed to nearly cover the chicken. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is very tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Remove chicken from pot; cool until easy to handle. Pull meat off bones; discard skin and bones. Reserve about 2 cups of shredded chicken for soup and refrigerate or freeze the remainder for other recipes. Remove the vegetables from the broth; skim off the fat. Taste broth for seasoning.

For the soup, bring the broth and wine to a boil. Add the minced garlic and escarole; cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the pasta; cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and heat. Serve immediately, passing the grated cheese, or keep warm over very low heat.

Notes: Frozen greens, such as turnip or collard greens, can be substituted for the fresh escarole. I like this soup with a good garlic flavor. You can use less garlic than called for.