Brodo Matto

Crazy Broth

Preparation info

  • Makes

    4 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in

In Nonna's Kitchen

In Nonna's Kitchen

By Carol Field

Published 1997

  • About

Why crazy? Because it’s ridiculously easy to make. Once you’ve discovered this trick for making tasty broth, you won’t worry when you don’t have any on hand. Italian celery is smaller and tastier than ours, so I use the leafy tops to add flavor. I sometimes add a carrot and onion as well.


  • 4 cups water
  • 3 ribs celery with leaves, very roughly chopped
  • 4 bouillon cubes, either


Put the water, celery, bouillon cubes, and optional carrot and onion in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. That’s all. Taste for salt. Nonna Lucia Rossi Pavanello removes the vegetables, but you might want to press them through a food mill or puree them and return them to the broth.

Nonna Lucia cooks her fine ribbons of homemade pasta in the