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  • This chicken noodle soup uses real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins.

      This chicken noodle soup uses real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins.
    Associated Press

  • This chicken noodle soup uses real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins.

      This chicken noodle soup uses real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins.
    Associated Press

  • This chicken noodle soup uses real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins.

      This chicken noodle soup uses real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins.
    Associated Press

 

2 quarts (8 cups) reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cups diced (1-inch pieces) carrots

1 cups chopped (1-inch pieces) yellow onion

1 cup (1-inch pieces) celery

3 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 pound), skin removed

4 sprigs fresh thyme, tied together with kitchen string

2 bay leaves

1 cube salt-free vegetable bouillon

16 ounces Shirataki noodles, rinsed with cold water (see note)

teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

Salt and ground black pepper

In a 6-quart stockpot over medium heat, combine the broth, carrots, onions, celery, chicken thighs, thyme, bay leaves and bouillon cube. Bring to a very gentle simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the Shirataki noodles into pieces about 3 inches long.

Remove the chicken thighs from the soup and place on a cutting board. Remove and discard the bones. Shred the chicken meat, then return it to the soup along with the noodles and Old Bay Seasoning.

Season with salt and pepper, then remove and discard the bay leaves and thyme. Skim any fat off the top of the soup, then ladle into 8 serving bowls.

Serves eight.

Cook's notes: You can make your own stock if you like by simmering chicken bones or parts in water with onions, celery, garlic and carrots. After simmering, strain out and discard the solids, then chill. The fat will solidify on the surface and is easily scraped off and discarded. The flavor of homemade stock is much better than purchased. Plus, you control how much salt is added.

This is a great base recipe for noodle soup. You can add different herbs and spices to take the flavor in any direction you like. Some soy sauce, ginger and bok choy or miso and mushrooms, or even some kimchee and peas are great (and healthy) ways to keep it interesting.

@Recipe nutrition:Nutrition values per serving: 93 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated), 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein, 2 mg cholesterol, 659 mg sodium.

Rocco DiSpirito for The Associated Press

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