A Story to Warm Your Soul: 10-Year-Old Natalia & Her Make-A-Wish Soup

A Story to Warm Your Soul: 10-Year-Old Natalia & Her Make-A-Wish Soup

Anjali Prasertong
Feb 18, 2014

If you're looking for a little warmth on this February day, this story about a 10-year-old Make-A-Wish participant and her "soup of love" should do the trick. Natalia has a brain tumor, but when told she could wish for anything, she didn't focus on herself; instead she wished to create a soup recipe with a chef and serve it to homeless people in her community. Have the tissues ready? This is what cooking with love is all about.

To make her wish come true, Natalia met up with chef Jean-Robert de Cavel in the kitchen of his Cincinnati restaurant, Jean-Robert's Table, and worked with him to develop a hearty, minestrone-style soup with one special addition: mini bowtie pasta, one of her favorites.

Natalia decided on soup because her mom's cream of broccoli soup has helped warm her up after chemotherapy treatments. "I am cold all of the time," she told Make-A-Wish. "Imagine how cold people without homes must be." A few weeks after developing the soup recipe, Natalia served her Soup of Love and passed out blankets to more than 150 residents of Cincinnati's largest homeless shelter.

In the video, her father marvels at the selflessness of her wish. "What kind of ten-year-old kid wishes to feed the hungry and give the hungry blankets when they get told they can pretty much have anything they want?"

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