Chicken Meatball and Tortellini Soup - Tyler Florence

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 1 hr

From Dinner at My Place. I know the chicken and apple sausage sounds weird but try to find it. It makes unbelievably good meatballs!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare meatballs by combining loose ground chicken meat (discard casings, if using sausages), bread crumbs, milk, egg, parsley, and the 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then mix until fully combined. Using a small ice cream scoop, make balls and set on a roasting tray. Drizzle lightly with oil and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and caramelized.
  2. While the meatballs are roasting, prepare the soup. Set a large stockpot over medium heat. Add a 2-count of oil (about 2 tablespoons), the garlic, and thyme. Gently saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, onion, and celery. Season with salt and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and add peppercorns, the 2 tablespoons parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Once meatballs are cooked, scrape them into the pot of chicken soup and add tortellini. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Remove peppercorns and bay leaf. Season with salt and peppers and serve in shallow bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Garnish each bowl with a parsley sprig and serve with some torn pieces of crusty bread.
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1 5

I don't leave many reviews anywhere, but I felt obligated to do this. I normally love Tyler's recipes, but this one leaves out a couple of important points and therefor was a total flop for me. Most importantly, the sausage must be fresh, UNCOOKED sausage. Maybe he talks about this in his commentary, but I didn't have time to read that. We have chicken-apple sausage in virtually every store in the San Francisco bay area, but they are all pre-cooked like the Aidell's brand. If you buy that without knowing, you will have one heck of a time removing the non-existant casing (should have been my clue to stop, but I went on anyway.) You can't break up the sausage and make a meatball out of it. I ran the whole mess through a food processor...still no luck. The meatball mix was one big mess and a total waste of time and money. Second, if you actually put the smashed garlic in at the point he suggests and then continue to cook the onion/carrot/celery combo for 5 mins, you will end up with totally burned garlic. With the combo of burned garlic and meatballs that were a bust, I ended up just making the tortellini and putting jarred sauce over it. By the time I made it through the disasters above, the family was starving and I had no option. I admit I am not the best cook so maybe this whole thing is my fault. Believe me, that is not surprising. I have been wrong so many times in my life and certainly this will be far from the last :)) But just thought I had to put this out there in case there are other stupid people like me. Looks like the other reviewers knew what to do. Truly, I applaud them for their skills/knowledge. I wish I had it too. But, alas :))

5 5

Loved this soup. Used Chicken Apple Sausage for the sausage. Made half the recipe for the two of us and still had some left over. Excellent and will use all the time.

5 5

3/11 O M G is this good! Using a small cookie scoop I made the balls w/ the chicken mixture and dropped them into the gently boiling soup. No frying (as Tyler suggests) or baking necessary. They turned out PERFECT and had a great texture. Made the soup broth as suggested but I rough chopped all the veggies in the food processor. I like a more rustic look to my soup, and I hate chopping! I boiled 1# tortellini on a separate pot and added to the soup before serving. Overall, AMAZING! This beats any and all chicken soups I have ever made. This ROCKS! Thaks a bunch Brookelynne! UPDATE 2/13: I omitted the tortellini this time and used a mini farfellini, orzo would be good too. Again, boiled separately so everyone could add as much as they like. Just terrific!