Whenever I was sick or feeling down in winter as a child, my mum would make brodo- Italian for broth- aka delicious comfort food! As I was sick last week and temperatures began to drop below -5°C, I decided to make a big pot of brodo, and it instantly lifted my mood. It’s also crazy easy and cheap to make, at under 4€ for a large pot of the traditional version. That’s cheaper than most hot chocolates in Helsinki! Below I’ve listed what you’ll need plus a few simple steps and photos if you want to make it yourself. And trust me, you do.
Prep time: 10min
Cooking time: 60-70min
Ingredients for 1 large pot: 3.60€
- 1-2 onions: 0.25€
- 1-2 carrots: 0.25€
- 2-3 handfuls of celery leaves and stalks: 0.80€
- 3 chicken drumsticks: 0.60€
- Stock cube + optional tablespoon of Vegemite: 0.20€
- Can of tomatoes: 0.30€
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste- optional for thicker soup: 1€
- Small pasta- optional: 0.20€
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Parmesan – optional
- Half fill a large pot with water, bring to the boil and add stock & Vegemite
- Add chicken drumsticks (for a really large pot add a whole chicken), chopped onion, carrot, celery (can also add these veggie whole as my Nonna used to)
- Add a can of diced tomatoes, fill the can with water and empty into pot with any remaining tomato residue. Note: if you want a really traditional broth like Nonna made then skip the tomatoes.
- Add tomato paste if using, fill the pot with water to around an inch below the brim.
- Stir and once boiling reduce to simmer, cooking for 1 hour on low heat
- If using pasta add to the soup after 1hr and then serve once the pasta is cooked (5-10min). Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread and butter 😋