For my family, having a roasted chicken dinner somewhat resembles that of a Viking hoard feast .... along with the aftermath. The carcass left over doesn't have much left on it, but you would be surprised to know it will still produce a full meal! From one 5 - 7 lb chicken you can produce as much as a full gallon of soup.
NOTE: Put this recipe on the stove at 12 noon if you wish to have it for dinner that day. Soup takes TIME. You will be very dissapointed at the flavour and result if you put this one an hour before you're wanting it served. Also: forget noodles and rice or any other starch that will get gooey, soggy and generally gross if cooked too long. This is a great recipe to freeze, can or store for future consumption - adding rice or noodles will make it disgusting. We also advocate the use of farm grown, home grown or organic ingredients. *Alternative Ingredients: lentils, split peas, beans, chick peas, barley etc.