Something my brother sent me that I thought was worth sharing:
About ten years ago, our next door neighbor was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and lymphoma. We made a batch of this soup for her and her family the day of her first chemo treatment after surgery. The next day, one of her kids brought the jar back with a note from her husband informing that our soup was the only thing that she would agree to eat. The note also included the date of her next treatment. We made the soup for her for every treatment thereafter until she made a full recover. She is now a proud grandmother, enjoying all of life’s blessings.
5 quarts of water (or enough to a little more than half fill your largest stock pot)
6 tablespoons of chicken flavor instant bouillon granules
8 large or 10 medium chicken thighs (remove the skin, but not the residual fat)
6 whole carrots skinned and chopped into large chunks
6 celery stocks chopped into large chunks (also finely chop any celery leaves that you have)
½ onion finely chopped
2/3 of a 1 lb. pound box of acini de peppi pasta (any small soup pasta will do)
1 package of frozen chopped spinach
1 cup of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Bring the water with bouillon crystals to a boil.
Add the carrots, celery, onion and chicken. Boil vigorously until the chicken is fully cooked (about 30 minutes).
Remove the chicken thighs to allow them to cool.
Turn down the heat to simmer until the thighs are cool enough to handle.
Remove the bone and gristle from the thighs. Chop and return the chicken to the simmering pot.
Turn off the heat completely.
Add the uncooked acini de peppi pasta and the frozen spinach block.
Stir occasionally until the block of spinach melts and dissipates.
The pasta will take a while to swell to correct size. This method of cooking the pasta saves work and prevents it from becoming too soft.
Allow the soup to cool another 5 minutes. Add the grated cheese, stirring constantly for another 5 minutes to prevent the cheese form glazing the bottom of the pot.
Add salt and/or additional grated cheese to taste. This soup is best served reheated a day later.
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