Chicken Noodle Soup and Garlic Croutons

Another great way to use Costco chicken is to make it into soup! This is a simple but delicious broth and since my kids don't like anything green in their soup, I just add pasta and carrots. Toss a few homemade croutons on top and you have a delicious quick dinner.

Chicken Noodle Soup

carcass from rotisserie chicken (remove cooked meat from bones, cube and set aside to add to soup after it cooks)
1 onion, quartered
3 carrots, cut into big chunks
3 ribs celery, cut into big chunks
3 whole garlic cloves
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

3/4 pound pasta
4 carrots, sliced

Put all ingredients into stock pot and fill with water 2 inches above carcass. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 1 hour. Drain soup through strainer lined with paper towel into large bowl.
In same stock pot, boil pasta. After cooking for 5 minutes, add sliced carrots to boiling pasta. Drain pasta and carrots and add to broth.

Garlic Croutons

1 loaf stale bread ( I used leftover sour dough bread from our anniversary dinner out the night before)- the better bread you use, the better the croutons! I love Acme and Metropolis Breads.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Cut bread into cubes and put on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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