1 whole chicken (rinsed and with that stupid plastic bag of weird stuff removed - yeah, you have to do it yourself)
big handful of baby carrots
1 onion (quartered)
few stalks of celery
1 potato (cubed)
3-4 cloves of garlic (peeled)
1 parsnip (peeled and chopped in half)
1 bunch fresh Italian parsley
1 bunch fresh dill
3-4 heaping tablespoons of powdered chicken Consomme
S&P to taste
Throw your chicken into the pot.
Cover chicken with water and boil.
Dump out first batch of water (it gets all the yucky stuff off the chicken).
Put more water in the pot just to cover chicken.
Now add everything else.
Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cook forever (or at least 2-3 hours)
After approximately 3 hours, take another pot or bowl of equal size and put a big strainer inside of it.
Carefully pour the soup into the strainer. Do NOT spill one tiny drop of this special stuff. It's priceless.
Let this cool for at least an hour.
Remove the bones and toss.
Remove the chicken and put into another bowl.
Chop the chicken and toss with a little mayo, celery, S&P and you have lunch for a week!
Now take that strainer of vegetables and MASH IT UP letting all of the veggie juices strain back into the soup. (For a slightly different variation with even more taste, toss some of those soft veggies into the blender and puree them before pouring back into the soup).
Serve with wide egg noodles or Matzoh balls and watch your flu FLY OUT THE DOOR!
*This soup freezes amazingly well! Please let me know how yours comes out!!