RECIPE: Guidi’s “Brodo di Pollo”

Guidi’s “Brodo di Pollo” was very kindly given to us by the Guidi family. I had heard about this family soup from Carina, a friend and 4321 member, many times and when I mentioned that I had wanted to start a food blog sharing the best family recipes she said I had to speak to her sister Alana about this delicious soup she makes, which was passed down from their Nonna Mary Grace. Her husband Guiseppe came from Tuscany and it was actually Mary Grace’s mother in law that had shown her how to make this soup. That means this dish goes back at least 3 generations. Now if know Italians, and I think I do, they are not messing around with a dish that goes that far back! It must be awesome!

Nonna Mary Grace and her grand daughter Alana Guidi.

So on Monday night I made a large pot and my goodness it was the best chicken soup I have ever had. Before you read the recipe I just want to highlight a couple of things. Do not be put off by the cooking time as you literally put the food in the pot and walk away, there is absolutely zero fuss. Also, do use the whole chicken. I was tempted to use breasts or thighs but the flavour that comes off the whole chicken really makes it. Do not be worried about cutting up a whole chicken, the meat is so tender that it literally falls off the bone.


1 whole fresh chicken
1/2 carrot, grated
1 leek, chopped
6 chicken stock cubes 
200g orzo pasta

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 115 minutes


1. Add whole chicken to a large pot and cover with water, you will need around 3 litres of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for about an hour or until chicken is cooked through.

2. Once cooked, take the chicken out of the water and place on a cooking tray to cool. Do not discard the water!

3. If there are any grizzly bits of chicken in the water take it out with a large spoon.

4. Add into the water the grated carrot, chopped leek, and the stock cubes. Simmer for another 40 minutes or until the leeks are really soft. 

5. Whilst that is cooking chop up the cooled chicken.

6. Once the leeks have softened add in the orzo pasta and chopped chicken, cook for another 10 mins until pasta is ready.

7. Place in a bowl and add some Parmesan!! 

Serve with warm crusty bread for absolute perfection!

Buon appetito,

Fit Bird

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