Nana’s Chicken Soup
Hey babes! As you may (or may not) know, I’ve caught the flu three different times in the past two months. THREE! *insert eyeroll* at least Bella hasn’t been sick. That’s all that matters, right? Right.
SO, with that being said, I’m excited to share my Nana’s homemade chicken soup recipe with you! You’re probably thinking, “chicken soup is so boring!” But my Nana, who passed away last year from her 8 year battle from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) made this for me and my family every holiday and when me and my brothers got sick. It’s more than just a soup. It’s a tradition. It’s memories of my childhood. Memories of our Nana. And since I’ve been sick so much the past 2 months, I thought I would share what I've been eating, while I recover. And of course, unfortunately, the soup that I make will NEVER be exactly how my Nana made hers, but it’s close enough!
(All of the measurements are approx)
12 cups of water
2 medium size onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
A few packs of chicken bouillon
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 lb of ground beef
Salt & Pepper
1. Bring chicken, water, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, for about an hour and 15 minutes.
2. Remove chicken; discard back and wings. Let cool slightly. Remove meat from bones, shred chicken.
3. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Add Parmesan Reggiano and your favorite pasta. Bon Appetit!
I switch food brands all the time, so you can use whatever you have!
If you’re Italian and Spanish like me, you know that we mix with our hands!
While you wait for the water and chicken to boil, prepare the meatball mix.
You don’t want the meatballs to be too big, otherwise they won’t cook. They should be bigger than a walnut, but smaller than a golfball.
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What are your favorite family recipes/traditions?!
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