Old Fashioned Italian Chicken Soup (Yep It's Grandma's)


A whole meal in itself, I just love a plain chicken soup to take the chill out! My grandma and mom knew how to make a banquet out of a few ingredients and to us this shouts comfort and you can add as much as you want to this recipe to make it a whole meal.



8 to 10 chicken legs or thighs,
 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup sliced carrots
4 cloves of minced garlic
1/4 cup celery chopped with leaves
1 large can of whole tomatoes chopped
1 small onion minced fine (for those of you that know me this is not in my soup, but the original recipe grandma makes has it, I am allergic to onions)
1/2 teaspoon of each (use 1 or 2 leaves fresh when possible)  oregano, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary,  fresh basil, black pepper and pinch of cayenne pepper. 
sea salt to taste
 1/2 lb package pasta any of your favorites, broken up spaghetti,  pastina, rice, noodles, baby shells, orecchiette pasta, wagon wheels, alphabets, orzo, acni de pepe,  cooked separately until tender in salted water. Drain.
 In a large saucepan saute garlic for two minutes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Add Chicken and 4 quarts of water, boil for an hour, scimming off the top as it cooks to get a clear broth.
 Put on low to simmer. Take chicken out cool and pull off the bone into pieces put back into the pot.
Add all the vegetables and seasonings. Simmer until  vegetables are soft. Add cooked pasta.
Just before serving add 1/2 cup of Romano grated cheese into the pot and serve with garlic croutons or crackers and more cheese on top.


30 comments:

  1. Delicious! Nothing says comfort quite like chicken soup!

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  2. One word(or couple more) Soup is full of goodness;)

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  3. I like plain chicken noodle soup, but Bev is not a fan, but with the addition of tomatoes, I'm sure she'll go for this as will I.

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  4. Can I have a bowl? My cold won't go away.

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  5. Oh, this soup looks fantastic, Claudia! And I love that it's a recipe from your grandmother :)

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  6. Grandma sure did have some great recipes!

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  7. This does steal my heart - love chicken soup in all its glory. Perfectly spiced, delicately herbed - and that ladle says it all - pure goodness. Very similar to my mother's and mine - so of course I approve and would love some for breakfast.

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  8. yum Claudia, I know I will love this version of chicken soup, an Italian one for sure... like the cayenne too
    hey, this made today's paper.....

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  9. Nothing like chicken soup, I usually cook it in the French method with the aromatics and a bouquet garni but I'll have to give this recipe a try.

    The Vintage Recipe Blog

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  10. Thanks for sharing this wonderful, warm recipe!

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  11. The meat from the best parts of the chicken, fresh veggies and a touch of spices--your grandma knew how to cook. This is a real treasure-delicious -thanks for sharing

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  12. Although my Nonna made a tasty chicken soup...somehow my Grandpa managed to make it better.

    Thanks for the memories and of course chicken soup with love ;o)

    Ciao foir now,
    Claudia

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  13. This is soup for the soul Claudia! Nourishing and comforting!

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  14. Chicken soup is so good, especially on a cold night. Chicken soup from your Grandma's recipe is priceless.
    I'm bookmarking this recipe.

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  15. Chicken soup is the best. I could go for a bowl of this soup right now.

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  16. I am getting hungry just reading through the ingredient list. What a perfect comfort dish.

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  17. I don't usually use tomatoes in chicken soup but this does look fabulous.
    Thank You.

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  18. This looks yummy! Grandma's recipes are always good, isn't it? Right now, I am down with cold and all I want is just a bowl of satisfying soup like this!

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  19. Now, you're gonna have me in tears, Claudia!
    Nothing like soup that Nonna used to make, and you have managed to save those beloved old recipes!
    Chicken soup for the "soul!"...big time!
    Yumm:DDD

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  20. Claudia - This is sooooo comforting. Wish I could just grab a bowl for supper.

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  21. This looks delicious! I am a complete soup fiend and always looking for a good recipe. -Jen

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  22. Dear Claudia, Claudia, I could just go for a bowl of that soup right now!! It sounds so comforting and good. Blessings, my dear friend, Your friend, Catherine xo

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  23. I loove chicken noodle soup (especially in a bread bowl!), there's nothing more soothing and grounding. And how lovely to share your family recipe! :)

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  24. I'm convinced it will cure whatever ails you. Looks yummy!

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  25. Nothing like Chicken Soup, delicious and comforting.

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  26. This is the kind of soup that warms the soul! Nothing beats soup the way Grandma makes it!

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  27. Yum! Nothing more comforting then a bowl of chicken soup!

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  28. I have this scheduled for tomorrow night. I am sure, we are going to thoroughly enjoy it.

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  29. Sounds delishious. I remember going to the market with my grandmother and buying chicken feet. She would make the most wonderful soup with all these chicken feet floating in it :) You cant find chicken feet anymore.

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