Chickarina Soup


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Chickarina Soup

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Bowl of chicken soup served with spoon

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This recipe was inspired by Valerie Bertinelli's craving for a beloved canned soup that disappeared from her local market. Valerie's remake tastes fresher and brighter but with all the comforts of the original.  

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 4
¾ lbs.ground chicken
1large egg white, lightly beaten
¼ salt pepper
½ c.grated fresh pecorino romano cheese
3 tbsp.olive oil
1 c.chopped yellow onion
½ c.sliced carrot
¼ c.chopped celery
½ c.uncooked pearl couscous
1 ½ tsp.chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp.chopped fresh rosemary
6 c.chicken broth
¼ c.chopped fresh parsley

Things To Grab

  • Aluminum foil lined baking sheet
  • ½-inch cookie scoop
  • Dutch oven


  1. Preheat the broiler with the oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the heat. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with cooking spray. Gently combine the chicken, egg white, salt, pepper, and half of the pecorino romano. Scoop the mixture into meatballs using a ½-inch cookie scoop, and place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. Broil until the meatballs are lightly browned, about 6 minutes.

  2. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add the onion, carrot, and celery; cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, about 6 minutes. Add the couscous, garlic, and rosemary; cook, stirring often, until the couscous is lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs, and cook until the couscous is tender and the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Top with the parsley and remaining half of the pecorino romano.

Nutrition facts


360 Calories per serving

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 1740mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 25g

Daily Values

Vitamin A 60%
Vitamin C 20%
Iron 8%
Calcium 15%

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Seasons, October 2017