Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mom's "Bowl Tipping" Chicken Soup

It's a cold, windy, "wintery mix", miserable kind of night here on LI!  My nose is stuffy, my throat is scratchy, and all I want to do is curl up under a blanket by the fire.  It couldn't be a more perfect night for my Mom to have made her chicken soup, and obviously I had to share the experience (and the recipe).  I don't think I can stress enough how PERFECT this soup was on a night like tonight....the only words coming from our mouths were things like "ohhhh man", "this is insane", and "soooooo good"!  I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did! 
1 whole chicken (cut up...include the gizzards (ew) if you want full flavor)
1 package of soup greens in produce aisle (usually consists of carrots, celery, parsnip, turnip, parsley, and onion)
Extra carrots 4 whole (cut into large chunks)
2 extra stalks of celery (cut into large chunks)
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
Low sodium chicken broth 32 oz box
6 cups of water
Box of small pasta (this time she used shells)
Grated parmesan cheese to top soup off

1.  In a large pot, put in chicken(gizzards optional), along with next 8 ingredients (through water), cover and bring to a boil - then reduce the heat to low (a low boil)
2.  Let it cook for 2 hours covered - stirring every once in a while
3.  Turn off heat - let sit for half hour (you may or may not need to add a little extra water to the soup depending on if it evaporated at added about an extra cup at the end)
4.  Strain all liquid into a pot - separate chicken into a dish and put just carrots and celery back into the soup (everything else get discarded)
5.  Shred chicken off the bone - you can put the chicken back in with the soup, but mom always keeps it in a separate bowl for people who don't like dark meat
6.  In a seperate pot, boil the pasta until al dente, then add to soup
7.  Place shredded chicken into a bowl (if seperate), ladle soup over, and top with parmesan cheese
This chicken soup will seriously warm you up on the coldest winter nights, don't forget to tip the bowl back to get every last drop....enjoy! 


  1. YUM. this looks DELICIOUS.
    i must try my hand at this!

  2. soup, or any meal in my mind, is always better with cheese. I love that this is "bowl tipping"!


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