Taking time to cook and bake for your loved ones is a gift these days, when it is so easy to take short cuts and buy a commercially made product instead. Please take these recipes and cook them for your family and friends, use the best possible ingredients you can afford and take your time. Enjoy!
Start with the chicken broth. Place the chicken bones, vegetables, peppercorns and water in a large saucepan and simmer very gently for 2 hours, skimming off any impurities that rise to the surface. Strain, discarding the solids. Taste and season with a little salt if needed, then pour the broth into a clean medium saucepan.
Place the pancetta, chives and garlic in a food processor and blend to paste. Add the eggs, pecorino, breadcrumbs and pepper and process until the mixture forms a ball. Using clean hands, shape into 2cm balls.
Heat the broth over medium heat until simmering. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower the dumplings into the broth and simmer for about 5 minutes, using the spoon to roll the dumplings around. As soon as they rise to the surface they are ready.
Spoon the dumplings into warmed bowls, ladle over the chicken broth and garnish with a little pecorino, chives and parsley (if using). Serve immediately.