Homemade Chicken Soup

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Soup Recipe = Homemade Chicken Soup - serves 4

1 tablespoon oil
1 whole chicken, breasts removed and put aside
2 onions
2 pints boiling water
2 bay leaves
1 large carrot
1 celery stalk
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
Ground pepper

Heat the oil in a large soup pot and sauté the chicken breasts until they are light brown. Remove the breasts and set aside. Add the onions and sauté until softapproximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Cut up the remaining raw parts of the chicken into small pieces and saute in the pan until cooked and moist. Return the onion to the pot, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the chicken releases its juices. Add boiling water, reserved chicken breasts, carrots, celery, 2 teaspoons of salt, thyme and bay leaves. Cover and simmer until chicken breasts are cooked, about 20 minutes. Increase the heat if necessary. Remove chicken breasts and set aside. Strain and reserve broth. Add the reserved fat to the soup pot and sauté the remaining onions along with the carrot and celery for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add parsley and serve. You can also add noodles or pasta shells if desired.