Brodo: the most delicious (and cheapest) Italian comfort soup imagineable

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


  1. Half fill a large pot with water, bring to the boil and add stock & Vegemite
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. Add tomato paste if using, fill the pot with water to around an inch below the brim.
  5. Stir and once boiling reduce to simmer, cooking for 1 hour on low heat
  6. 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 😋