OH MI CRON ! – Time to make soup.

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Hi There,

Everyone I have talked to in the past week knows someone in their family who is doing battle with a tiny little covid virus that just won’t give up. If it didn’t make everyone sick, I could almost admire its persistence.

Anyway, the other morning the reports about friends and family who have come down with the virus started to get to me. What could I do to help??? Although not of Jewish heritage, I do believe in the healing properties of soup. So here my friends is a recipe for soup. It was created out of the ingredients that were on hand – a truly crazy covid recipe.



1 lb of chicken wings

1 small onion diced

2 leeks diced

2 sprigs of rosemary

1 lb mini meatballs

4 large carrots cut into discs

1/2 head of escarole finely sliced

1 large cheese rind

3 tablespoons of pesto

1 cup of Garofalo No.22 Capellini Spezzati Pasta

2 1/2 quarts of water


In a slow cooker combine the chicken wings, onion, leeks, rosemary and the water.

Cook on high for at least 6 hours.

Remove chicken wings from the broth

To the broth add meatballs, carrots and escarole.

Bring broth to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until carots are almost cooked.

Add the pasta to the broth and cook through.

Add the pesto and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy!

Or use prepared chicken broth: sautee the onion and the leeks

Add 2 1/2 quarts of chicken broth to the vegetables

Add carrots, meatballs and escarole.

Cook until carrots are al dente and then add the noodles

Cook until noodles are finished and add the pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste.

44 responses to “OH MI CRON ! – Time to make soup.”

  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    Soup fixes everything.

  2. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    Soup brought by a friend is magic and healing, and a gift to both the giver and the recipient. 💕

  3. Soup definitely helps recovering from flu or other nasty viruses.
    Your version with the addition of escarole, cheese rind and pesto sounds amazing! 🙂

  4. Time Traveler of Life – Where my Motor Home is! – Biography Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die. I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect? Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing. My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda. Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated. I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.” I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class. After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome. I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.
    Time Traveler of Life says:

    It sounds like it would be a wonderful rich tasting broth! I love lots of broth with my soups and lots of crackers or some wonderful bread to soak up the juice. I do a soup often because we have left over from a roast, and nothing goes to waste. I promise this year I will take time and send you one of my recipes. Thanks for posting.

  5. Aaaah the healing power of chicken soup. I reckon I can smell (and taste) that from here. (Love the name too…)

  6. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Bernadette – I completely believe in soup as a healer. What a wonderful gift to share with others.
    Thank you so much for joining us at WOYP. 😀

    • It is my pleasure to join you. I forgot to to indicate on my post that I had also posted on your inlinks party. I will get the hang of it next time.

  7. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    What is escarole? I’ve never heard of it, nor seen it in any supermarkets nor greengrocer’s here in the UK.
    Having said that, the soup sounds delicious.
    I always make my own soup. Always some homemade chicken, or other stock, in my freezer. Bought stuff just isn’t the same.

    • Good morning, escarole is a leafy green vegetable and member of the chicory family along with frisée, endive, and Belgian endive. Like other chicories, it is popular in Italian cuisine and can be served either raw or cooked. I hope this helps.

      • V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
        V.M.Sang says:

        Thanks. I suppose those vegetables can be substituted.

  8. This looks so delicious Bernadette! I bet it would be good with mini hot sausage balls too! Thank you for the recipe.

  9. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    the Painted Apron says:

    There is so much satisfaction in creating a dish with what you have on hand… and soup is the definition of comfort food~ I feel like we’re back to square one in the covid battle, ughhh!

    • I think you are right on both counts, Jenna. Soup is the ultimate comfort food and this nasty virus keeps bring us all back to square 1. Take good care.

  10. Hello Bernadette. So far my husband and I have been able to avoid that pesky virus, but it is all around us…so who knows how long we’ll be able to say that. Regardless, I love a good soup and this one looks yummy. I found your blog through a comment you left on Janis’s Retirementally Challenged. It’s nice to “meet” you!

  11. I love that you have devised a recipe for Covid-themed nourishment!
    It’s blisteringly hot in Singapore, but we have been having lots of soup as well (leek & potato, bean & pork, minestone … ). Comfort food regardless of the weather. And boy! could we use lots of comforting these days. Be safe & well.

    • Thanks so much Ju-Lyn. My friend lived in Singapore for a few years and she told me how very hot it can get. Yes, you are right comfort food is comfort food no matter the weather. Thanks for reading and commenting and have a great weekend.

  12. cheriewhite – Covington, TN – Published Author, Writer, Blogger, and Advocate/Activist for bullied children and teens. I'm also a wife and mother. I love God, spending time with family and friends, reading personal development books, swimming, inner tubing, camping, hiking and skydiving
    cheriewhite says:

    That looks so delicious I can almost taste it, Bernadette! 😋 And I love the catchy name you put on this soup, “Cozy Covid Soup,” “Cozy Covid Cooking!” You are so creative and I love that! 💖💐 You should put a copyright ©️ on the names, girl! You never know where it may take you!

  13. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet – A retired teacher and mother of three adult children, I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida with my soulmate, Robert. Leisure activities include discussing current events with Robert, watching movies, and playing Scrbble. Robert usually wins! I also enjoy going to the beach and taking road trips with my daughters. One of our favorite pastimes is observing the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us. I keep busy writing poetry, and I would be delighted if you visited my website!
    Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet says:

    Bernadette, I have been making soup recently. SW Florida is experiencing a few rare chilly days. I like that you use what you have on hand. I think I would like chopped spinach in chicken soup as you suggested and plan to try it!

    • Cheryl, I have several friends in your area. One sent me a photo of table tennis paddles saying it was too cold for golf! I hope you enjoy the soup and thanks for stopping by.

  14. I appreciate your time sharing this delicious soup at the meatless monday linky, but it’s not meatless and was deleted. the What’s for Dinner link up would be a great place to share this one!

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