Thought the idea of using chicken drumsticks rather than a whole chicken was great, since they are cheap. Plus, the ingredients are usually items I already have in my pantry. It's my budget-friendly, easy to make chicken noodle soup :-)
Saute onion, garlic, carrots and celery in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add some salt and pepper.
Add 6-8 cups of water (more or less depending on if you want a thick soup or not).
Add drumsticks and bay leaf. Bring to boil, then cook on low for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove drumsticks and shred meat. Place back into pot and bring to boil.
Add pasta of choice - cook until done. If broth isn't strong enough for you, add bullion cubes. Salt and pepper to taste.
(Need to run? Skip the sauteing, skip the defrosting, and just throw everything but the pasta into a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours. Take chicken out, shred, add chicken & pasta, cook on high 15 more minutes and enjoy).