*1 lb chicken. Anything works, just shred it or cut it the way you like it
*1 bag of celery, washed and chopped
*1 lb of carrots, washed and chopped. Keep the peels on, that's where the vitamins are
*1 chopped onion
*1 clove of chopped garlic, Elephant if you have it. Elephant garlic are those big cloves next to the regular ones at the store.
*2 or 3 giant cans of broth. I prefer the Low Sodium/Fat-Free College Inn Stuff
*1 cup frozen or fresh peas
*1 cup frozen or fresh green beans
*1 cut up potato if you'd like
*whatever else you need to use up or like in your soup
*seasonings you and your family like, to taste. I'd suggest you at least toss a bay leaf and black pepper in there. If you are sick, put a bunch of Tabasco in your bowl, it will clean you right out.
*cooked alphabet noodles, pastina, spiral macaroni, or egg noodles. Add these as you eat the soup or they will sop up all your broth. You can make a big pit of noodles and keep it in the fridge in some olive oil or Italian dressing to keep them moist
Saute the celery, carrots, garlic, and onion in a bit of olive oil at the bottom of your soup pot. When they soften, throw in everything else, boil it for a little while and serve with crackers or crusty bread.
Throw some dumplings in there and your soup gets super. Follow the recipe on the back of the Bisquick box. They are quick and easy and awesome.
Cold beer goes great with hot soup. Hot beer does not go great with cold soup.