Soup for the Soul

Pretty soon, we will be welcoming beautiful springtime once again. But for now, to cozy up in the freezing weather, here's what could possibly be the best chicken soup recipe ever. Or at least that's what the author says! Why not try it yourself and YOU be the judge? Whip up some warm lovin' and let me know how your family likes it!


1 (2-3 lb) whole chicken
3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
1 pound baby carrots
2 onions, chopped
2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
1 packet chicken noodle soup mix
2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
1 pinch dried thyme
1 pinch poultry seasoning
1 pinch dried basil
5 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 pinch dried parsley
1 (8 oz) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta

1. Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Place celery leaves in pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and place in a bowl until cool enough to handle.

2. Meanwhile, strain the cooking liquid, discard the celery tops and place the cooking liquid in a large pot. Place celery, carrots, onion, bouillon, soup mix and chicken broth in the pot and let simmer. Season with thyme, poultry seasoning, basil, peppercorns, bay leaves and parsley.

3. Bone chicken and cut up meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to pot. Cook until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended, up to 90 minutes.

4. Stir pasta into pot and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, until noodles are al dente. Serve hot.

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