Back about 1985, Bridget brought this to my house when we brought Mother home with us to Sandy Court after she broke her ankle. Bridget told me I sounded like I needed some love and she brought this with cornbread and cookies. I think of her every time I make this recipe or make cornbread.
In large dutch oven, cook celery and onion in butter until tender; add remaining ingredients except noodles and parsley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf; add noodles and parsley. Cook 10 minutes longer or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally. Makes about 4 quarts.