Italian Penicillin

The cold weather has finally arrived and nothing gives you more of a pick me up than homemade Italian Penicillin, more commonly referred to as chicken soup. Personally, I prefer Italian Penicillin! My better half literally whipped this up in a matter of minutes. I’m sure I annoyed the crap out of her while taking photos, if only Google or Apple would create smell-o-vision! This hearty soup will warm you up instantly on those cold weather nights – even in the desert southwest!

Italian Penicillin


  • Olive Oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pot)
  • Butter (1 Tbsp)
  • Onion (half to a whole depending on your liking)
  • Celery (6 large stalks – to your liking)
  • Carrots (5 large carrots peeled – to your liking)
  • Zucchini (2 medium sized – leave peel on)
  • Diced Tomatoes (half to a whole can – to your liking)
  • Garlic (3 cloves or so)
  • Roasted Chicken (pre-roasted – pick up at the store to save time)
  • Vegetable Broth (64 oz. – two boxes)
  • Salt and Pepper (add to your liking)
  • Acini de Pepe (1 cup – add more if you like)
  • Italian Herb Seasoning (a few dashes)


  1. Heat up a large pot with olive oil and butter.
  2. Dice/cube Onion, celery, carrots and zucchini – then add to large pot.
  3. Let simmer – mixing occasionally – Taste Test – You’re looking for the vegetables to become soft.
  4. Add in diced tomatoes, roasted chicken, garlic, salt and pepper, and Italian herb seasoning.
  5. Let simmer for a few more minutes.
  6. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  7. Add Acini de Pepe.
  8. Let simmer until ready to eat.


Nice Large Bowl with Parmesan on top.  The above makes at least 6-8 servings (depending on how large your bowl is of course…)



mirepoix ingredients


Italian chicken soup


bowl of italian penicillin


feel good soup

As a side note, the leftovers are just as delicious! In case you had some or were just curious…

Peas Out!



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