There is no other word for it... because this soup brings people together. The cost is hardly worth mentioning but you can be sure, the brainy gourmet keeps the cost frugal. All you need is either a whole chicken or some thighs, even wings or legs will do. Because, what you want is a chicken stock to start with. I like to saute onion in olive oil until the edges are brown and add this to the stock which is already bubbling away. You should also add some fresh herbs, salt and black pepper corns. Be sure to let this simmer on the stove for about 45 min. I like to make sure that the chicken does its duty; so, cook the stock until the chicken meat nearly falls off the bone. In this way, you know that the meat is incredibly tender and juicy and the stock is full of flavor. Now, you can add either fresh peeled and crushed Roma tomatoes, about six if large or two small cans of tomato paste. The absolute secret ingredient is a few dashes of balsamic vinegar.
You can serve with cream or without, rice or pasta or just with croutons and a sprinkle of parmesan.