Here's my brand new recipe! (followed by a few photos of the soup coming together):
CHICKEN SOUP WITH BROKEN LASAGNA NOODLES
1 cooked rotisserie chicken from the market
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 ribs celery, chopped (save leafy tops for finished soup)
12 baby carrots, sliced in roughly 1/8-inch slices
1 large tomato, or a good handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 tablespoon minced garlic (I buy it already minced in a jar, in the produce section)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 lemon, grating about a teaspoon of the peel and also squeezing half the lemon for juice
6 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch rough pieces
Good Parmesan cheese (I like shredded)
Cut meat off chicken and dice into small chunks, removing skin. Set aside. Put the remaining trimmed chicken and skin in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Add a few more stalks of celery (cut to fit in pot) and tomato or tomatoes and bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer while you cook the rest of the vegetables in the larger pot.
Into the larger pot, pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium heat until they begin to "sweat" and take on a translucent look, 10-15 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to cook for another five minutes or so over low heat. Add water to fill pot half-way or about 4"inches deep. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for a while, about half an hour is fine. Meanwhile, strain the liquids from the smaller pot into the larger pot. Get the tomatoes from the strainer and add to larger pot. Cut off any additional meat from the strained chicken and add to larger pot. Add the rest of the chicken meat you cut up and set aside earlier. Add broken lasagna noodles and the chopped up leafy greens from the celery stalks. Add grated lemon peel and squeeze half a lemon (catch the seeds) into the pot. Let simmer for at least another 10 minutes or until noodles are softened.
Ladle into serving bowls. Top with some shredded Parmesan cheese.
All the best,
aka The Adirondack Baker