Chicken Broth for Tortellini (Brodo di Pollo)
So let’s get to the stove!
Here’s what you need to do to prepare the chicken broth:
Give that chicken a nice bath (clean it) and empty the contents of the cavity inside.
Cut up into large pieces so that it cooks a little bit faster than if you cook it whole.
Put all of the ingredients into the pot of water.
I cut fresh Italian parsley from my garden just minutes before chopping it up and putting it into the pot…..it is fresh, fresh, fresh! (You can see the nearly bare trees behind the garden, the rosemary is next to the parsley, and there is STILL rhubarb growing to the right of the parsley!
Oh my goodness, fresh Italian parsley in November! Seriously? What a surprise and JOY!
Take all of the ingredients out of the broth with a hand strainer.
Continue to strain the chicken broth into clean tea towels about two more times until the broth is completely clear and free of any ingredient remains.
If you make this the night before, refrigerate it,
.Afterwards, use this fresh broth for your any of your favorite recipes that call for chicken broth. Again, as I mentioned previously, we make this every holiday and add our home-made, hand-twisted tortellini to it).
I highly recommend that you purchase a large, deep pot for all of your soup, stew, sauce, chili, and broth recipes. You will use it endlessly in your kitchen!
Here’s a really good one on Amazon:
20-Quart Aluminum Pot by IMUSLA (Under $25.00 as of 10/2019)
Chicken Broth (Brodo e Pollo) for Tortellini
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- One 6–pound chicken (hen)
- 1 package (beef) soup bones (if you can get them)
- 1 4–pound beef roast
- 3 carrots, cut in 3’s
- 1 large onion, cut in 1/4’s
- 3 celery stalks with leaves, cut into thirds
- 1/4 bunch of Italian parsley, chopped
- Give that chicken a nice bath (clean it) and empty the contents of the cavity inside.
- Cut up into large pieces so that it cooks a little bit faster than if you cook it whole.
- Cut up all of your veggies.
- Cut your beef roast up into about 2 or 3 large sections.
- Fill a LARGE deep pot half way full of water.
- Make sure that you have enough room from the top of the pot to put the rest of the ingredients in without overflowing the water.
- Put all of the ingredients into the pot of water.
- Cut fresh Italian parsley from my garden just minutes before chopping it up and putting it into the pot…..it is fresh, fresh, fresh!
- Bring up the heat to high and get it to a low, rolling boil.
- Immediately lower the heat and simmer until the beef is tender.
- During this simmer, continually remove the junky stuff that rises to the top with a strainer.
- The cooking on simmer and straining process takes about 2 – 3 hours.
- Take all of the ingredients out of the broth with a hand strainer.
- With very thin tea towels covering a colander/strainer, pour the broth through them into another pot……this is a lot of work and usually needs two people to do this.
- Be careful, the broth is very hot while you do this!
- Continue to strain the broth into clean tea towels about two more times until the broth is completely clear and free of any ingredient remains.
- Taste, add more salt to taste.
- If you make this the night before, refrigerate it, and then the next day, skim off any fat/grease from the top (it will solidify in the frig and be very easy to remove).
- A Step-by-Step Photo Guide is on my blog to help you make this delicious Chicken Broth.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did. I don’t know why, but this only just showed up in my reader today (Friday) and only just a moment ago.
I love homemade stock and broth, you just cannot beat it and it is so worth the time. I’ll bet that tortellini is wonderful too!
Hi Roz this broth looks heavenly hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving
What a great chicken broth! Roz happy thanksgiving.
The parsley and rosemary are beautiful!
Hey Roz, I too just received this. Tortellini in homemade broth is so soothing and delicious. Hope you had a happy turkey day.
Your broth looks so flavorful. I love the photos from your garden.
Hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Your broth sounds so flavorful and comforting. I would love to warm up with a bowl right now!
How funny! I just posted my herb garden, too! Your herbs are just lovely. There is nothing like homemade stock. I made 8 quarts of turkey stock. I’d love to have some homemade tortellini. Yummy!
Your pictures are lovely. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Roz!
one wonderful looking broth
I’m sure you had a beautiful and so blessed Thanksgiving, Roz !
I wish you a marvelous weekend 😀
The chicken broth is wonderful! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I cannot live without my homemade broth. The turkey was not at my house this year so won’t be making it this time. Love your blog, too!
Sounds yummy! Happy SITS Saturday share fest!
I’m so jealous of your herb garden. Someday, when I’m no longer a student or living in a rental property, I will have just crap loads of basil and mint growing all over the place!
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Great chicken broth. Your pictures are fantastic!
Just made this for the pastina chicken soup. Brought back so many childhood memories from my Italian upbringing. Thanks for sharing.
I agree with you completely Lucy. This is such a nostalgic soup from our tender years in childhood. It is still so comforting and delicious today. Please stay in touch and be safe,
I made the Pastina Chicken broth soup. It brought my childhood. My family loved it served with crusty bread. Thank you! My son, however, may have been bored with my reminiscences-ha,ha,ha.
Your broth and soup both look delicious.
This might be a silly question/observation but, I have never seen beef included in a chicken broth.
Does it change the taste of the broth?
The beef adds a slightly richer touch to the flavor. It is all my family has ever made since living in Italy and so it’s what I’ve learned and passed on. I can simply say this, ‘it is delicious’. My mother lived until 88 years old and passed down this recipe from her mother, nonna, and on and on. If you need help when you make this, do email me and I can help walk you through the steps.
Thanks for writing; what an excellent question!