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    How to eliminate mushy pasty doughy noodles/pasta from homemade chicken/turkey soup?

    DH makes the world's best chicken/turkey soup every time we have a roast chicken, or at Thanksgiving and Christmas, a very large turkey.

    We like noodles/pasta in our soup and have tried so many ways to keep them at the proper consistency, but they're always either mushy and floury/pasty tasting or just plain disintegrated.

    We've tried the same things for both the extra wide egg noodles and macaroni (pasta)shapes and nothing has worked:

    - putting the pasta/noodles in raw into hot, completed soup and hoping the soup will cook them

    - putting the noodles/pasta in par-cooked into hot, completed soup and hoping the soup will cook them the rest of the way

    - putting the noodles/pasta in par-cooked into cold, completed soup and hoping that they will cook the rest of the way when we heat up the soup

    I really don't want to make separate noodles/pasta to add every time we have soup. He makes so much soup at one time that we freeze it in many containers. It would be a pain to cook noodles every time we thaw out soup, but if that's the only way....

    Are noodles or macaroni/pasta better? How can we have normal-tasting noodles in our homemade soup? We have a new turkey carcass from Christmas and are bound and determined to succeed!!!!

    Thanks!

    Loren
    The term "working mother" is redundant.

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    I cook my noodles or rice seperately each time. Vicky

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    I tend to make a lot of soup and I've found (after eating a lot of mushy noodles) that the best way is to do it separately. Only rice or barley is sturdy enough to hold up - it freezes better, too.
    kim

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    This really isn't an answer to your question, but I just have to say that we started eating orzo with the soup, and love it!
    Julie

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    Thanks for all your responses! Separately may be the only way to go! However, orzo was a great idea which I never thought of!

    Loren
    The term "working mother" is redundant.

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