Again, a few steps and some time involved here...but as with good home-cooking, the result is fabulous!
1 Whole Chicken
1 Large tomato or 2 smaller tomato's, cut in half
2 celery stalks, sliced in thirds
2 whole carrots, cleaned and sliced in half
1 medium onion, quartered
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
- Trim excess fat from chicken (usually trim near the open cavity)
- If your chicken has the innards in the cavity - remove them
- In a bowl, rinse your chicken off
- Now, my mom will usually let it sit in little water with lemon in it - she has this thing about lemon removing the 'poultry' taste from it...she does this regardless of how she cooks her chicken it always gets a 'lemon' bath prior to cooking
- Rinse of your chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper and put it in a stock pot
- Cover chicken entirely with water and add about 2 cups more
- Soup should remain on medium low heat - AT ALL TIMES
- Do not add anything to your pot at this time - just the chicken
- Simmer your chicken, you will start to notice a foam collecting at the top, my mother called this 'scumazza' or foam
- You will periodically skim this off - whatever this is, you don't want it in your soup
- Once you notice almost no more 'scumazza' you can start adding your vegetables
- Add all remaining ingredients to the pot including a little extra salt and pepper
- Simmer for at least an hour, closer to 2 would be ideal!!
- This is what your pot should look like:
- The chicken should be coming off the bone at this point
- You can now start to remove any floating pieces of skin plus the skin that is on the chicken will come off very easy at this point - it's not that bad, really it isn't :-)
Serving Your Soup
- Place a colander over a separate stove top pan on medium heat
- Add your chicken broth into the pan, the colander will catch all the vegetables
- Add enough broth to serve you, your family, your friends, etc
- When broth comes to a boil, add your pasta - ditalini, broken spaghetti, orzo, etc..
- My mom served the chicken and vegetables in a separate bowl along side with the soup - this way you could add however much chicken and/or vegetables you wanted to into your soup
I hope I didn't make this more involved than it really is..because although it may seem like it's complicated - it's not. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll be happy to help!
I served this another one of my mom's other favorites - her seasoned bread which I will write about later!