Mom's Chicken Soup with Meatballs

by Laura F.
(Depew, NY, USA)

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Just a "soup" you say? Let me assure you, this soup is a meal in itself! And, it cures everything from the common cold to a broken heart, too!


Each year when the colder weather comes, one of the first things I think about is making a huge pot of this magical elixir. Since they were younger, my kids have dawdled around the kitchen when they know this soup is simmering, just waiting for me to say the magic words, "Dinner's ready!" ...just like I did when I was a kid and my mom was making it.

Warning: Fighting over the meatballs is common.

INGREDIENTS

Soup

  • 1 whole chicken, or your favorite chicken pieces
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3-4 stalks celery, leaves and all, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 2-3 whole dried bay leaves
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Acini de Pepe pasta

    Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup warm water

    PREPARATION

  • Place first 10 ingredients in a large soup pot and cover with water up to an inch of the rim.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for about an hour.

  • Make meatball mixture and form into one inch meatballs.

  • After the hour, remove chicken to a plate to cool.

  • Remove carrot chunks, mash with a fork and return to pot.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and the meatballs.

  • Remove skin from chicken, pull meat off the bones, rip into bite-sized pieces, and return to pot.
  • Simmer another 15-20 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.

  • In a separate pot, cook the Acini de Pepe according to package directions. Do not drain!

  • Mix some of the soup mixture with a ladle of the pasta /cooking water mixture.

  • Serve with a generous amount of grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese.

    NOTE: Mix the pasta w/ water together with the remaining soup before storing the leftovers - if there are any!!!




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    Dec 27, 2010
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    Mom's Chicken Soup
    by: Anonymous

    Sounds wonderful ... can't wait to make it!

    Dec 18, 2010
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    Doctor recommended!
    by: Doctor Mary

    Delicious and nutritious!

    Nov 28, 2010
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    To Die For!
    by: Steve

    So easy even I could make it, now to get that chicken!

    Nov 28, 2010
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    positive
    by: Jammers

    Wow!!!
    I HAVE WELL OVER 25YRS IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY.
    IN RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU HAVE TO DO FOOD PREP FOR THE NEXT DAY PART. THAT'S HOW YOU KEEP IT FRESH.

    I WAS BLOWN AWAY THAT THE RECIPE WAS EASY TO FOLLOW AND WAS FABULOUS. I WISH I COULD HAVE IT MADE BY THE PERSON THAT SUBMITTED THE RECIPE. MY MOUTH WATERS FROM EXPERIENCE AND IMAGINATION .

    Nov 23, 2010
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    The "BEST" Soup
    by: Becky

    A great recipe and a delicious soup....great for a cold winter day.

    Nov 23, 2010
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    Awesome & Easy!
    by: Carla

    With the cold weather close soup is a staple in my house. This is one to try! Simple and Italian!

    Nov 23, 2010
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    Complete Euphoria!
    by: Paul F.

    This is, hands down, the best chicken soup I have ever had! I might have to make a few extra meatballs since they seem to be everyone's favorite part. Adding a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top just sends me right over the edge. It doesn't matter if you have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Pure awesomeness anytime of a cold Winter day!

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Thank You,

    Phil

    Nov 18, 2010
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    Just Right
    by: Paul S with lots of a's & o's

    I can tell by the list of ingredients and directions to prepare that is a true Italian dish like my parents would make. It?s always just so hard to guess at the proportions they would use. This recipe seems to be right on, I?m definitely giving it a try!

    Nov 18, 2010
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    Awesome!
    by: Anonymous

    This soup is the best!!! COBALT

    Nov 18, 2010
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    Yummy!!
    by: lcbrown

    Yummy!!

    Nov 17, 2010
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    YUMMY!
    by: Karyn

    The best soup! IT was yummy! Thank you for a great cure for the common cold!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Karyn

    Nov 17, 2010
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    YUM!
    by: Anonymous

    This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it!

    Nov 17, 2010
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    Interesting twist to a traditional soup with Meatballs!
    by: Tammy

    Very easy recipe to follow and the closeup picture looks delicious!

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