You can buy broth from the store, but your soup will have more depth if you make your own stock, which is remarkably easy. You can also use chicken stock in place of water for flavorful rice or vegetables or as a base for almost any soup. Donï¿½t worry about chopping the vegetables perfectly, they are discarded at the end.
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1 whole chicken carcass, meat pulled from the bones (save the meat for your soup, or chicken salad, or another use)
Water to cover the chicken, about 3-4 quarts
1 bay leaf
1 ½ tablespoons peppercorns
3 garlic cloves, chopped roughly
1 tablespoon salt
6 celery stalks, chopped roughly
4 carrots, chopped roughly
1 large onion, chopped roughly
10 sprigs fresh thyme
Place chicken carcass in a large soup pot and cover with water. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring often, until the bones break apart and the vegetables are soft. Working in batches, pour the stock into a fat separator or sieve, discarding all but the clear broth.