Very Handy Chicken & Escarole Soup (serves 4-6)

If you only have 1 measly piece of chicken breast in your fridge, as I had last night, along with a 1/2 head of escarole and enough pastina (tiny pasta) to almost fill a 1/2 cup measure, then this is the dinner for you!

Very Handy Chicken & Escarole Soup

Soup has an uncanny knack of pretending to be more than it is, and frankly puts the Loaves & Fishes parable to shame. I can’t admit to being very “holy” but the parable of the Loaves & Fishes always intrigued me: I just think it should have been soup, far more believable.

If you don’t believe in miracles, invite 6 people over and make this soup. You may need a loaf of bread to go along with it.

*This is a Blood Type A Diet Friendly Recipe, (Neutral & Beneficial ingredients used)*


You will need:

3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 good quality veggie or chicken bouillon cube (I use Rapunzel brand with herbs)

1 chicken breast, sliced into small bite-sized pieces

1 med/large sweet onion, medium dice

3 very large white mushroom, thinly sliced (if you use small mushrooms: double the amount)

1/2 head of escarole, chopped (4 to 5 cups chopped)

1/2 cup pastina (very tiny pasta granules. I used baby pasta stars by Barilla)

7 cups water

1 tbs mild curry powder (I used madras)

1 tsp coarse sea-salt

several grinds black pepper


1 – Prep all veggies and chop chicken.

prep all ingredients before getting started

2 – Put med/large soup pot on medium heat and add oil. When it warms, add onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.

Saute onions

3 – Add mushrooms and continue to cook for another 8 or so minutes. The mushrooms and onions will become soft and sweet.

add mushrooms

4 – Add the curry powder and mix. Add the stock cube and cook until dissolved.

add curry & stock cube

5 – Add the water and escarole and bring to the boil. Add salt and several grinds of pepper.

add liquid and escarole

6 – Turn up the heat and add the chicken. When liquid comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Do not let boil.

Next, the chicken

7 – Add pasta and cover. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let soup sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Then pastina

Serve with lots of crusty bread (and wine!). You can garnish with more pepper and even a hot sauce of your choice.

chow time

3 responses to “Very Handy Chicken & Escarole Soup (serves 4-6)

  1. Yum. (except for the chicken lol)

  2. Thanks T, this is my next blood type A dish.

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