My little guy stayed home sick today and of course he asked mommy to make some soup for him! I usually make a big batch of chicken or vegetable broth and keep it in the freezer. We eat a lot of soup here. It’s easy and affordable to make your own broth. You can also use it to cook veggies or rice instead of water. It adds flavor and nutrition. So, here you have it:
1 chicken carcass ( never throw your chicken bones away!)
a couple of potatoes diced ( i use 2 large or 4 small)
1 large onion, diced
3 large carrots, chopped
3 or4 stalks of celery, chopped
3 bay leaves, dried
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: I like to add a can of diced or stewed tomatoes for color and flavor.
( to make veggie broth omit the chicken and add any veggies you have available!)
Put all ingredients into a large 6.5 quart pot, fill with water and begin to boil. If you are using chicken you will need to boil for at least 2 hours or more. I’m usually pulling the chicken out of the freezer so I cook mine longer. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then simmer till done. Drain all vegges and chicken out. Then you have yourself some fabulous broth to work with or freeze. If you have children that aren’t big veggie eaters or like a thicker soup, you can take the veggies out and puree them. I then would add them back into the soup. This also can be used for baby food and you can add the chicken to the puree. It’s really about using all you have and making a meal out of it.
I then added the pasta to the soup and filled my little guys tummy with some homemade joy!