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Granny's Spicy Soup

 Granny's Spicy Soup
My mother makes the best soups around and has become known to others as "The Soup Lady". When my kids ask me to make Granny's soup, I'm happy to oblige.
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 to 5 celery ribs with leaves, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons pickling spices
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked noodles


  • Place chicken and water in a large soup kettle. Cover and bring to a
  • boil; skim fat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until
  • chicken falls off bone.
  • Strain broth; return to kettle. Allow chicken to cool; debone and cut
  • into chunks. Skim fat from broth. Return chicken to broth along with
  • celery, carrots and onion.
  • Place pickling spices in a tea ball or cheesecloth bag; add to soup.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove
  • spices; add salt if desired, bouillon, pepper and noodles. Cook for
  • 10-15 minutes or until noodles are tender. Yield: 12 servings
  • (about 3 quarts).

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Editor's Note: The soup gets its name from the pickling spices, not from being hot.
Nutritional Facts:Nutriton Facts: One cup (prepared with reduced-sodium bouillon and without added salt) equals 114 calories, 74 mg sodium, 32 mg cholesterol, 9 g carbohydrate, 14 g protein, 3 g fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.