My Italian great grandmother, Nana, made this soup and called it Minestra (derivative of minestrone, meaning thick vegetable soup). I remember walking into her kitchen on a cold winter day, smelling the soup, and feeling so good after eating it. Nana never measured when cooking, so these amounts are approximate - make it to your liking.
Ingredients for the soup:
4 cloves garlic, minced
Extra virgin olive oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
4 cups organic chicken broth (Nana made her own which is now called bone broth)
1 head of escarole (washed well and dried; cut off the wilted or brown parts, and cut big leaves in half). If the heads are small, add a second one.
Ingredients/Directions for the meatballs:
1 lb ground veal (or grass fed beef, or turkey)
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Mineral salt and black pepper to taste
Combine all of the above and mix with a fork. Adjust the amount of bread crumbs, milk, and parmesan c...