SOUPSONG HAS GONE HARDCOPY!
Minestra di Natale
(Christmas soup from Benevento, Capri)
This recipe is such a snap, you can make it in 15 minutes if you have the ingredients on hand. Of course it's nice and traditional to make it from scratch, too, especially for i primi of Christmas dinner. This dish is local to the Isle of Capri, reputedly home of witches. Delicate in taste, but also substantial, you may serve it piping hot to 6-8 people, singing Christmas carols as you bring it to the table.
Garnish: freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring the stock to a boil, stir in lemon peel, bay leaves, and grated onion, reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes. When ready to serve, bring the soup back to a boil, then stir in the escarole and chicken. Reduce heat, let simmer another 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately, passing the Parmesan cheese separately for sprinkling.