I just love chicken soup, the way way my grandmother Asunta and my father Tony used to make it. You can use any pasta you want but, I am partial to bow ties(farfalle). They always used the little tiny balls called Acini di pepe. There are no rules as in most dishes. I used all the veggies I had on hand in the fridge. I have left out the tomatoes before and added potatoes, thickened it, and made stew, with dumplings. My gramma used to use rice instead of pasta, quite often. Make it how you like. This version is really awesome and I am quite certain you will love it if you make it. I found out that my nephews family was sick, so I decided to make it and get it over to them as soon as I could. This soup came together from start to Finish in exactly 2 hours. I didn’t need all of the chicken so I cut off a breast and saved it. Tomorrow for lunch we will have chicken salad sandwiches. Or you can freeze it for another meal. One more thing…if you feel like being thrifty, save the carcass, bones and fat from the chicken. Either freeze for later or put in a pot with water, celery, bay leaf, onion, peppercorns, and a carrot. Simmer it for 4-6 hours, strain it and you have your own chicken stock. I bag it up in ziploc freezer bags and freeze.
1 whole all natural chicken 2.5 lbs or bigger
2-32 oz. boxes organic chicken broth
Place chicken into a large covered pot with the broth. Boil on medium for approx 1 hour and 15 min or so.
In separate pot on med high heat…
1 c. Diced onions
2 c. Diced carrots
1 c. Diced celery
1/2 c. Olive oil
Cook 20 minutes add…
1 to 1 1/2 cups of diced leeks
2 c. Chopped kale, stems removed
Cook another 20 minutes on low with a 1/2 c. Chicken broth, cover the pot. After 20 minutes shut off. Add…
1 c. Fresh spinach stir in and cover, set aside.
When chicken has cooked, pull it out of the broth and let the chicken cool so you can debone it. Reserve one breast for chicken salad or sandwiches, unless you need it in the soup. Leave the stock simmering
Add 2 c. Water
Add 1 box of Pomi chopped tomatoes 26 oz, bring to a slow boil again
Add 1 3/4 c. of mini farfalle pasta or whatever you like.
Cover and simmer on low 20 minutes, turn off.
While the pasta is cooking, debone and cut up chicken.
Check the flavor of the broth and add better than bouillon chicken base 1 tsp at a time. I added 3 tsp. base.