Brodu Tat-Tigiega (Maltese Chicken Soup)

It’s Eat the World time and we’re heading to Malta.  Malta is an island in the Mediterranean, just south of Italy.  Interestingly enough, it’s between Italy and Libya, last month’s Eat the World choice.

There are many fantastic sounding recipes from Malta, but I ultimately decided on the Maltese version of Chicken Noodle Soup! We love Chicken Noodle Soup in my house. Just click here to see all the versions.

This version has far less noodles than I’m used to adding and way more vegetables. Plus, I loved the addition of tomato paste and egg, both of which added a subtle but amazing depth of flavor.

This one was a home run in my house.  It makes a large pot of soup, so there are leftovers that will be thoroughly enjoyed!

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Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Stuffat Tal-Qarnita (Octopus Stew) 
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Fenkata 
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Brodu Tat-Tigiega (Maltese Chicken Soup) 
Kitchen Frau: Baked Rice 

Brodu Tat-Tigiega (Maltese Chicken Soup)

Adapted from A Maltese Mouthful

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, smashed

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 whole carrot

2 bay leaves

1 whole chicken

About 12 cups water (enough to cover the chicken)

1 tablespoon salt

2 medium potatoes, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

6 ounces dry pasta

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Salt & pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat heat.  Add the onion celery and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.  Stir in the garlic and tomato paste and cook for another minute.

Add the chicken, carrot, and bay leaf.  Add enough water to cover the chicken.  Stir to combine.  Add the salt and bring to a low boil.  Skim off any foam or fat that rises to the top.  

Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 1 ½-3 hours.

Remove chicken and set aside to cool slightly.  Skim off any additional fat.  Stir in the potatoes, carrot, and pasta.  Cook for 20 minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender.

Remove the meat from the chicken and add back into the soup, discard bones and skin.  Add the parsley.

Place the beaten eggs in a bowl.  Slowly add 1 cup of hot soup broth, whisking constantly to temper the eggs.  Pour the tempered eggs into the soup.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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  1. Many winter days will be spent with bowls of chicken noodle soup. Everyone should bid adieu to the red can and have Mom's Homemade Penicillin instead. Delicious!

  2. This looks fantastic! I am definitely making this the next time I have a whole chicken. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Sounds like a soup that needs to be made here soon.

  4. Yes, that tomato paste and egg addition really sound interesting. I'm sure they add complex flavour. Definitely going to try this one.