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Czech Chicken Soup Memories and Traditions

Czech Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Recipe by Alena Getvertova

The Czech Chicken Noodle Soup Memories Customs and Traditions started with a simple question....

My grandma fixed Chicken Noodle soup and had some small round black things in it--I believe for seasoning. Anyone remember them and, if so, what was it?

You will find the answer within this Czech Chicken Soup Page!

Alena posts her now world famous recipe for Genuine Czech Style Chicken Noodle Soup.

Recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup

I use only what left from the chicken after I do everything else I can with the chicken.

Save chicken legs, necks, livers, everything else that is inside the chicken, keeping the parts nice and clean.

I never bought chicken without all the parts that should come with it. That is the key point in what makes good soup great.

Wash everything in cold water,

Put the parts in a big pot.

Next comes the vegetables...

Clean carrots 2-3
Parsley root 2
Celery root 1

Then clean one onion and put it inside the pot.

Add spices

Allspice 5
Whole black pepper 5
Salt, not too much too early. It's better to add more at the end.

Soup should cook slowly for 1 hour or maybe more, I never checked the time. You will know when it is ready.

Then just sample the soup, add more seasoning if it's needed.

In the United States you have a pot call a slow cooker. It is perfect for making good soup.

Good appetite

Alena Getvertova - email:

The chicken soup turned out great. And it was so easy using your recipe. Everyone had seconds. I did use a little Vegeta instead of plain salt, and then let the crockpot do the rest. Czech restaurants in the US are hard to keep going. I found a small one, Mountain View Cafe, in Colorado Springs. They had to just cook Czech foods on weekends because not enough people wanted Czech delicacies the rest of the week.
After reviewing your ingredients this is just like my grandmothers, she never wrote any recipes down just made it from touch. Brings back lots of wonderful memories.
Thank you very much for the soup recipe. I've got mine going in a crockpot right now following your instructions. The local Seller's Brothers grocery store had nice juicy chicken feet on sale last week but I forgot to get some.
Wish I could find chicken feet. I picked up some homemade noodles from my mother. The chicken feet will "gross out" my wife but if I could find some she would have to just get over it.
If you have any Oriental grocers in the area you might check them out. Or maybe even a Fiesta Mart. The main purpose of the feet is similar to that for the use of soup bones - adds protein in the form of gelatin - to make a heartier broth.Yes, I suspect your wife will have an interesting expression on her face!
I forgot about the egg yolks. The first time momma showed me the soft eggshell it was unreal to me. I was 8 and never thought about it...we put it in the soup too.
You're fortunate to have a grandmother who's carrying on these traditions, and from whom you can learn how to make the noodles and chicken noodle soup. Do you think your grandma would mind having us over for dinner some time?
When I was growing up we would go to my grandma's house every Sunday for lunch. We would start out every meal with Chicken Noodle Soup. I remember her making the noodles and I believe it was on the day before. We did that for years until there were too many cousins and not enough room in her house. The adults would sit in the dining room and the kids would sit in the kitchen. Everyone sat in the exact spot each week. We would put ketchup in our soup. Did anyone else do that?
When we had chicken soup at my mom's parents house, the chicken feet were reserved for my grandmother. She loved them (and everyone else was happy to let her have them :-) I think they were scalded first, and the outside skin was peeled off like stockings.
But I love the memory of the rolled out noodle dough draped over a kitchen towel (flour sack :-) over a ladder-back chair.
Peppercorns? My guess is whole peppercorns.
Pepr cely.
I always thought the little black things in my grandmother's noodle soup were peppercorns, but not so. She told me they were whole allspice.
It's whole all spice. That's the way we make ours. My grandma always used it. Be sure you take them out before serving though.
My dad puts whole allspice in his chicken noodle soup for seasoning and he got the recipe from my grandma.
Never saw Allspice that wasn't ground. Learn something every day.
My mother always put whole cloves in her soup.
My grandmother uses whole peppercorns when she makes her broth, but never leaves them in the soup itself.
I use whole allspice in pea soup, but keep them in one of those tea strainer things instead of setting them free in the soup. i don't know what they are like when you bite into them.
I read an article about a lady who lived here in Corpus Christi, who made great kolaches. In the article she said that her mother-in-law, who lived with her, made chicken noodle soup every Saturday (can't remember for sure, but I think she said she made it on Saturday for a Sunday meal.) Was that common? Are there certain occasions for chicken noodle soup or something special about it in Czech heritage?
When I was growing up we would go to my grandma's house every Sunday for lunch. We would start out every meal with Chicken Noodle Soup. I remember her making the noodles and I believe it was on the day before. We did that for years until there were too many cousins and not enough room in her house. The adults would sit in the dining room and the kids would sit in the kitchen. Everyone sat in the exact spot each week.
We would put ketchup in our soup. Did anyone else do that?
I just talked to my mom and she said Grandma used whole peppercorns AND ground allspice. She made it for Sunday dinner (lunch) or "company coming".
I think chicken noodle soup is easy to stretch so if you have a crowd it is a good dish. Mom not only made her homemade noodles (day before because after you rolled them out they had to dry out before cutting) but she also put in the chicken feet. Now I know several people on this list are aware of this secret ingredient but they don't want to make you youngsters sick. We didn't eat the feet and yes we washed and brushed them cleam first.
Okay, okay, enough already, you all are making me hungry....I just bought some Krenek's Bohemian noodles in Fayetteville this past weekend during Lickskillet Days, and I am ready for a pot of Czech chicken & noodle soup. I'll even take a chance on using chicken feet if that's what it takes. Thanks for all the funny chicken soup stories!
The special occasion we had it on at my grandmotherís house was every single Sunday before the main meal of the day. Not special in the sense of an event but special in that it was the way she always did things and it seems very special now that sheís gone. I donít recall allspice (not that I would have known what it was), but I do remember the peppercorns. Iím sure they added taste to the soup, but to a little kid, they tasted gritty and hot and had sharp edges if you bit into them. Iíd pay money for hot sharp grit in my soup now, if I could have her back. Who would believe that, a few days before this thread of emails started, I was standing in a Randallís grocery, on the baking aisle, reminiscing about this very topic. What are you guys, a bunch of psychics?
I have been out of town and am sorry that I missed the beginning of the Noodle Soup story. When I visited the Czech Republic in 2005, the family that I spent the day with in Petrovice made the most wonderful Chicken Noodle Soup that I have ever tasted. (I understand that they killed a chicken much earlier in the day.) Has a noodle soup recipe been posted? If so, I sure would love a copy of it.
Yes, my family put catsup in the soup and we gross other people out! Sorry? My parents used to put a little of Mom's canned tomatoes in it too in their bowl.
When I was young and still at home I would help my mother make noodles. She is 87 now & still makes them. She gives me a few bags when I visit.
My mother always put chicken feet in her chicken noodle soup. Fresh butchered chicken. She would buy chicken feet if she did not have any.( I like them)She also made a rice dish with chicken feet, gizzards & chicken liver. Boy that makes me hungry. My grandparents on both side would put the chicken head in also(eye balls & all). I can eat almost anything but I never could eat the meat off the head.
When we were young, mom always had her own chickens that we raised. We would have chicken butcher days. She would use the feet too, but dad was the only one who would eat them. Mom also put egg yolks in the soup too if we had them. She liked hens, more fat, better flavor. I had forgotten about the chicken feet. Thanks for reminding me.
I know about wanting those old memories and people back in your life.
I'm going to save your post. When I get in the mood to snack between meals, I will just read it and the thought of your favorite rice dish will take all of ideas of eating anything away. Gee, thanks. That sounds just awful. I have always hated liver, I don't mind eating gizzards, but I'm not ready to even try chicken feet.
Does Chicken Soup taste better the second day?
"Kureci polevka s nudlemi" is the Czech name for chicken noodle soup.
Alena writes - "I cook only our traditional recipes. Pork, beef, chicken, and everything just like my grandma and mom taught me. I was thinking to open a Czech restaurant, but it's not that easy. Then it is just in my dreams.
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