Recipe – Calabrian Holiday Soup

Recipe - Calabrian Holiday Soup

A typical Calabrian holiday soup is a classic dish that will warm your heart and provide a satisfying meal. It is a simple and tasty dish, made with fresh ingredients that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Calabrian chilies add a unique flavor to this traditional soup.

Traditionally, this dish is served on Christmas Eve, but it can be prepared any time of year.  A Calabrian holiday soup is traditionally served on special occasions. Calabrian holiday soup is rich and contains meat, vegetables, and pasta or rice.



  • 4 pounds of whole chicken
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup medium grain rice
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper

Preparation Directions

  • Portion the chicken and boil for 2 hours in a pot of water together with carrots, onion, celery stalks, and salt
  • When the foam forms on top of the soup, it must be collected with a spoon
  • After the meat and vegetables are cooked, take them out of the pot and strain the soup
  • After the chicken has cooled, remove the meat from the bone
  • In another pot of water, boil the rice with 1 tsp of salt for 5 minutes
  • To form the meatballs, mix all the ingredients until the composition is well homogenized and form balls of approximately 1 inch
  • Boil these meatballs for 10 minutes in the strained soup
  • Remove the meatballs and add the spinach and rice. Boil for 5 minutes
  • Put the meatballs in the pot again, beat 1 egg in a bowl, and pour it into the pot, stirring until all the egg is spread
  • Serve the soup together with the boiled chicken


  • Makes 10 servings


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How To Make A Calabrian Holiday Soup
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