Brodo di pollo. That’s Italian for “the most gosh darn comforting and restorative chicken soup ever to cross the lips of someone who’s under the weather or just needs some soothing sustenance.”
How Has Chicken Soup Healed You?
One of our recipe testers who tried this brodo di pollo recipe offhandedly commented, “I’ve been raised on chicken soup as a cure for pretty much everything—and I mean EVERYTHING, including colds, heartache, and puberty.” Chicken soup for the soul, indeed. If you’ve ever experienced a chicken soup that has healed you in some way, we’d love to know. Kindly let us know in a comment below.
Brodo di Pollo
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 1 H, 15 M
- Serves 4
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the onion, carrots, celery, and passata. Place the chicken drumsticks or legs in the saucepan, add the water, cover with a lid, and bring to a boil.
Remove the lid, add the half stock cube, if using, and season with sea salt. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 to 60 minutes, until the broth reduces slightly, concentrating its flavor.
Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente or according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Strain the broth into a large, clean bowl and reserve the chicken and vegetables for another meal (such as adding them to some rewarmed leftover broth the next day when you’re feeling stronger and able to tolerate solid foods).
Divide the pasta among 4 shallow bowls and ladle the hot chicken broth over it. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve. [Editor’s Note: As one of our recipe testers said to us, “You may not think such a small amount of Parmesan would matter. It does.”] Originally published March 2, 2017.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
A perfect broth for a healing body, this brodo di pollo is mild, nourishing, and ready in just over an hour with less than 15 minutes hands-on time. This was an easy, satisfying soup and we will make it again.
We served the soup with lemon slices and herbs. We saved half the broth for the next day and added the carrots and chicken meat. Next time, we’ll double the recipe. Why not serve 8 instead of 4? Or save half in the freezer?
We made the chicken broth, shredded the chicken, and added back the carrots which turned it into a very hearty brodo di pollo soup that made a simple but satisfying dinner. I decided to use angel hair pasta, which I thought appeared very similar to the pasta shown in the recipe photo. This worked very well.
I used 5 chicken legs, which weighed 1 1/2 pounds. I also think you could make this recipe with chicken thighs or drumsticks, as mentioned in the recipe. With the chicken and carrots added, this Italian chicken soup would serve 6 as a meal.