Chicken (Turkey) Noodle Soup – Reg. or Gluten Free

Updated (11/26/12)

My homemade chicken noodle soup is just about as easy as opening a can, HOWEVER so much BETTER!

Often, I’ll roast a chicken or turkey and freeze little zip-type bags of deboned meat – so I can easily have cooked poultry on hand whenever I need it for soup (or whatever!)

One secret for making better soups is adding a quality chicken base paste. My #1 favorite is Tones, which you can get from Sam’s Club. I think it’s also available at Costco too. If not, I think they may sell McCormick, which is okay, but it comes in as #3. Whereas, #2 would be Better Than Boullion, which is sold at grocery stores.

I’d always used a brand from Sam’s Club, namely Tone’s, which I LOVED to buy loads of. So sad… 🙁 last time I went to pick some up, they’ve replaced it with McCormick – it’s acceptable – just not nearly as WONDERFUL as Tones.

Chicken (Turkey) Noodle Soup
by Sharon Anne
Serves 8

1 Tbsp olive oil
5 large carrots, sliced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
(3-5 Tbsp chicken base paste, to taste)
2 dry bay leaves
Salt & pepper, to taste
Meaty bones & carcass
Water, covering veggies & bones
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (optional*)
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
1/2 tsp dry thyme leaves (not pictured)
Fresh parsley, minced (frozen works GREAT)

Boiling water for pasta +  1 Tbsp salt
1/3 bag Kuluski Noodles or Gluten Free spaghetti noodles

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil, add carrots, celery, and onion and cook until tender. Add the soup base, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Add the carcass and simmer for about an hour. Lift the carcass out of the soup stock to remove the meat. Toss the bones. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, heat the pasta water, and cook as long as directed. Drain pasta, add to chicken stock, along with the meat. Add additional water to taste, the seasonings, additional chicken paste (as needed to taste). Stir in the deboned chicken or turkey meat just before serving, to keep the meat as tender as possible.

You with love it because you can make it for so little $$$, and with really little effort! Not much chopping, just toss in the noodles; even use a rotisserie chicken carcass… if you got one on hand!!!

Your family will love YOU because it’s such delicious soup.

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