Homemade soup was my favorite food when I was growing up. I used to love it whenever my mom made this. I don’t make it often, but my family loves it whenever I do. I’m so happy I’m able to share some of my favorite family recipes with my kids (and you). I don’t know if this is originally a French-Canadian recipe or not, but my entire extended family makes this…and everyone makes it a little bit different. Here is the recipe I use (and my mother uses as well.)
- 2 chicken breast halves (with skin & bones) OR 2 cups chopped cooked chicken and 3 ½ cups chicken broth.
- 1 onion, cut into quarters
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 can Pastene ground peeled tomatoes (28 oz)
- 2 cups pasta, uncooked (various types.) I usually fill a 2-cup measuring cup with alphabets, ziti, shells, etc. Use your favorites.
- Place chicken breasts in a large pot and add just enough water to cover. Add onion, salt & pepper. Boil about 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente. Strain
- Once chicken is cooked, remove it from the broth. Set chicken aside to cool.
- Strain 3 ½ cups of the water that you just boiled the chicken in to remove any pieces of skin, bones, etc. Pour the 3 ½ cups of the strained water (broth) into a soup pot.
- Add the can of Pastene tomatoes to the broth.
- Add pasta to the broth.
- Remove chicken from the bone. Chop or tear into bite-sized pieces. Add about 2 cups of the chicken to the broth.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy! 🙂