Who said soup was boring? Try this flavour packed recipe for yourself.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 red onion, finely diced

  • 70g smoked pancetta, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

  • 6 sage leaves, finely chopped

  • 400g chicken mince

  • a handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped

  • handful fresh white breadcrumbs

  • grated zest 1/2 lemon

  • 50g parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 litre good chicken stock

  • 1 courgette, cut into chunks

  • 200g curly kale, tough stalks removed and chopped

  • extra virgin olive oil, to serve.


  • 1.

    Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onion and pancetta and cook for 5 minutes until the onion is soft and the pancetta starting to crisp. Add the rosemary and sage and continue to cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.

  • 2.

    Add chicken mince, parsley, breadcrumbs, lemon zest and parmesan and combine. Gradually add the egg white-you might not need it all. Squeeze the mix until you have a soft but not too sticky mix. Add more breadcrumbs if your mix feels too wet or extra egg white if too dry. With damp hands form into golf ball -sized balls, lay on a lined tray and chill until ready to use.

  • 3.

    Pour the chicken stock into a large pan, bring slowly to the boil with the then lower the meat balls into the hot broth and cook for 8 minutes, skimming the broth to ensure it is clear as you go. You may have to do this in batches. After 1 minute, add the courgette then with 3 minutes of cooking time left, add the kale and lots of seasoning and cook until just tender and vibrantly green. Ladle into large soup bowls and finish with freshly grated parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 593kj
  • Fat Total 40g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 36g
  • Carbohydrate 22g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 783mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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