Let’s make some brodo!

Let’s make some brodo!

Something that i really like making is brodo di pollo (chicken broth). And if you use fresh vegetables, it’s very healthy! Making brodo has a lot of advantages. You can use it for several things:

  • risotto
  • vol-au-vent
  • basic for all sort of meat sauces
  • cooking pastina
  • goulash
Now how do you start making brodo. Well, first of all you’ll need several fresh vegetables. I used 2 onions, 2 sticks of celery and 2 carrots (a nice trick that my grandmother thought me, is to stick 3 cloves in each onion). An other ingredient you’ll have to buy is chicken. I usually use 3 whole drumsticks as you can see in the picture.
After cleaning all your vegetables, you take a big pot (at least 5L). You put your chicken, vegetables and 1 star anise in it. Now you can fill your pot with water (fill it up to at least 5L), and bring it to a boil.
As an extra touch, you can also add some tomato paste. This will give your brodo an orange color.

Once you bring it all to a boil, leave it on a low heat, for at least 1h30. After that, you take out all the vegetables and chicken, and distribute it in to smaller containers.
I usually don’t eat the remaining vegetables but you can mix them up with some of the brodo and eat it as soup. The chicken will i use to make vol-au-vent. You’ll see another topic on that later on.

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