― Grandma would use chicken or even the leftover chuck roast beef bone from a leftover Sunday sauce whatever she had leftover in meat made it's way into a pot of soup! Grandma had to be very frugal as money was tight in those days. She passed away in 1975 at the age of 92! ∙ ∙ ∙ Total Italian Winter Comfort Food! ∙ 6 to 8 boneless chicken legs, thighs or breast ∙ 5 quart saucepan ∙ 1 cup of acini de pepe pasta (boiled in salted water seperately) [...].