Copycat Carrabba's Mama Mandola's Chicken Soup Recipe | (2024)

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Stay home, save money, and learn a delicious new recipe. A medley of slow-simmered veggies make this Carrabba's copycat chicken soup hearty without being too heavy.

Copycat Carrabba's Mama Mandola's Chicken Soup Recipe | (1)


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2-5 hrs

10 reviews
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5 celery ribs
4 medium carrots, peeled
1 large yellow onion
2 medium potatoes, peeled
1 large green bell pepper
1 can (14 ounce size) imported Italian plum tomatoes
5 pounds hen, washed and cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 quarts water
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Dice celery, carrots, onion, potatoes and bell pepper into 1/4-inch pieces. Chop tomatoes; reserve all juice. Place vegetables, tomatoes with their juice, chicken pieces, parsley and garlic in a 10-quart stockpot. Add water. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly bring soup to a boil over low heat. Skim off foam that rises to the surface; may have to skim 2 or 3 times. Partially cover pot and simmer 2 hours. When soup is finished, remove chicken pieces with a slotted spoon. Let cool.

Meanwhile, mash vegetables in the bottom of the pot with the back side of a large cooking spoon or a potato masher. When chicken has cooled enough to handle, remove skin and bones and return meat to soup.

cook's notes

Soup is best served the day after it is made. Refrigerate and remove fat that solidifies on the surface of the soup. Serve soup with rice or small, stubby pasta such as pastina, tubetti or small elbow macaroni. For better flavor, cook the rice or pasta in the soup when reheating. Add freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, if desired.

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nutrition data for carrabba's mama mandola's chicken soup

169 calories, 11 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams protein per 1 cup. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in carbs.

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reviews & comments for carrabba's mama mandola's chicken soup

  1. Aggie REVIEW:
    November 7, 2014

    Wonderful recipe! To save you a LOT of time, use a rotisserie chicken from the store. Also, use half water, and half chicken broth. The flavor from the rotisserie chicken will seep into the broth and be EXTRA flavorful!

  2. Peggy REVIEW:
    January 27, 2014

    I cooked the veggies in chicken broth. After mashing the veggies, I added the pulled meat from a roteserie chicken. Perfect and easier!

  3. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    January 5, 2014

    This soup was horrible. way too much water.

    October 31, 2013

    I used bone in chicken thighs instead of the whole chicken and it turned out very good.

  5. JOJO222 REVIEW:
    June 26, 2013

    Love this recipe!! I did add extra seasoninss and used chicken quarters intead of the whole chicken

  6. kelly REVIEW:
    August 14, 2012

    Omgoodness!! This soup is amazing! It was to hard to mash the vegetables in the pot so I scooped all them all out and mashed them really good before stirring them back in. This is as close as it gets!

  7. Rkopitz REVIEW:
    September 22, 2011

    I work there and there's no bell pepper but the key is to mash the heck out of the vegetables and use plenty of fresh ground black pepper. I mean fresh peppercorns cracked in mortar and pestle, not just out of a counter top grinder.

  8. Shayna REVIEW:
    September 17, 2011

    This is my absolute favorite! I use bone in chicken breast only because I don't like dark meat...also I added very little chillie sauce for more spice....I might use less vegetables next time but it was perfect!

  9. DJ February 28, 2011

    I thought this soup was extremely blah. We ended up adding chicken broth and lots of celery salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. I have had the soup at Carraba's.........this does not taste like it at all!

    January 10, 2010

    This is a great chix soup recipe, I added oregano, to add more spice, and should have used a different potato to get to the Carraba's consistency. But it was really good....

  11. Ruby REVIEW:
    January 16, 2008

    I served this for a party of 20 over the holidays. Everyone loved it. I am going to make it again, but I am going to change one thing. Instead of adding the pasta to the soup, I will cook it separately. The pasta gets mushy after it sits in the soup for a while. I will add the pasta to the soup in the serving bowls.

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