Gramma’s Quick and Dirty Chicken Soup

chicken soup with orzoPhoto by Jessica and Lon Binder from Flickr 

When my mom is stuck at home on a cold winter day, she whips up a batch of her homemade chicken soup. She usually has a whole chicken in the freezer and pasta and broth in the pantry. If you know a storm is on its way, pick up the veggies so you have them on hand to knock this one out. The smell of soup cooking will fill your house with warmth.


Whole chicken
8 Cups canned or boxed chicken broth
1 box of pasta – e.g. egg noodles, orzo, ditalini
Parsley (optional)
Shredded parmesan cheese (optional)


Cook the chicken.
Put thickly chopped celery, carrots, and onions in broth and cook till just tender. Maybe add some parsley.
Cut up cooked chicken and put in soup broth.
Cook pasta separately.
Spoon out pasta and ladle soup with vegetables over pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese.