Makes 6 Servings - $1.20 per serving Show Detailed Pricing
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 cups chicken broth + 2 cups water (or 6 cups homemade chicken broth)
- 3/4 cup arborio rice (or brown or white rice)
- 1 pound escarole (or spinach), chopped
- 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese (or romano or pecorino), grated
- * 2 pinches nutmeg
Prep Time: About 10 minutes
Cook Time: About 15 minutes
- If you will be using homemade broth, begin simmering the broth according to our Quick Chicken Broth recipe (link below). If using packaged chicken or vegetable broth, skip to step 2.
- Add the oil and garlic cloves to a medium-size pot. Cook them over low heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and smash the garlic with the back of a cooking spoon.
- Add 4 cups of chicken broth + 2 cups of water (or 6 cups of homemade chicken broth) and bring to a boil. Place rice in the pot and cook covered over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes before adding the escarole. You want the rice to be just slightly underdone at this point. Simmer the soup, covered, for about 5 minutes more, or until the escarole is tender and the rice has given the soup creaminess. If you're using spinach, which cooks faster, just add it at the last minute.
- This is a thick soup though if it seems too thick, add a little water. Check the seasoning but go easy on salt, because the cheese will add more. Last, cover the soup with the grated cheese and an optional two pinches of nutmeg. Replace the lid so the cheese softens, and in half a minute it's ready for dishing up.
- Prized arborio rice imparts a creamy, yet slightly chewy texture to risotto and to this soup, although brown or white long-grain rice can be substituted. Brown rice will take a lot longer to cook, so allow at least 30 additional minutes of cooking time, or else precook it according to package instructions.
Quick Chicken Broth - You can make your own chicken broth by cooking the bones of a roasted chicken. It's easier than you think!