If you have access to Grandma's Noodles, which are usually found in the freezer section of your grocery, near bread and ravioli and stuff, you absolutely must use them. You can check out their website to see where they're sold if you have trouble finding them (www.grandmaspasta.com). The noodles MAKE the soup, the recipe is one I got from our fellowship director at church, but I've tweaked it a bit.
1 whole roasting chicken
1 very large pot
onions, coarsely sliced
celery, coarsely chopped (you'll discard the onions and celery eventually so it makes no difference how you cut it!)
5 cubes chicken bouillon (low sodium)
1/2 lb baby carrots
1 pkg grandma's noodles, thawed according to package directions
2 tsp. onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
Put the whole chicken, giblets and neck removed, into a pot and cover with water. Add onion and celery. Set it to simmer all afternoon (about 4 hours), starting it on high, then turning down the heat to medium low. Cover.
Once its done, using tongs, lift out all the chicken pieces. Strain the broth into a different pot or big bowl. Put the broth back into the original pot (you might have to wash it to get the "scummy" stuff on the sides of the pot). Put the carrots in the broth and begin to simmer on medium high again. Add the bouillon cubes. Begin picking off the chicken meat from the bones (it will be a falling apart mess). Watch for little bones! Add the meat to the pot. Add the noodles to the pot and cook for 10 minutes or so until noodles are done. Add seasonings to taste.
This is my most favorite soup EVER. Last night, I put two bags of noodles in it, so I was more like chicken and noodles, than soup. Still wonderful!