When my younger brother was a baby, my mother had a Venezuelan woman watch after him while she worked. She made the most amazing soup I EVER tasted. Of course, I tried to replicate it multiple times, while failing miserably, each time. I just don’t get it! I used the same exact ingredients she did. It’s like magic in her hands, or like my husband says, “made with love”. This is the same scenario with my Grandmothers “Gravy” aka Pasta Sauce. I could do the same thing a thousand times, but it will always be missing that special taste, that no one can replicate. Although, my sauce is pretty dang good, it just misses that one element of WOW, this is what I remember.
When I married my husband I soon realized, that Mexican food and Venezuelan food, is completely different. Really, it is. I won’t even try to make the Venezuelan soup anymore, it’s a dream too far gone. At one time between moving, we lived with my husbands parents for a short time and I watched his mother make Sopa, many times. Pretty sure this recipe nails it! The flavors are so warming and exactly what I needed, while ill with a sinus infection.
This soup is still so good for you, with the base of the soup being made from a whole chicken and it’s bones. Follow the recipe in the notes to start your soup and then an hour before eating, do the instructions for this recipe. It’s really not a lot of work. Chopping some veggies and that is it! It makes a huge batch and can be frozen IF you have leftovers.