RE: Soup help
Not really, unless you want to make it like my Ukranian stepfather used to do. The rice, barley or noodles was always cooked in a separate batch of highly flavored broth and then added to the soup upon serving. The cooking broth for the rice or noodles was used to wet the dog's table scraps.
After years of my PA Dutch grandmother and mother's adding the rice or noodles to the soup to cook it, I thought he was whacky until the first time I saw that golden chicken soup - so clear and beautiful. And two nights later, it would look the same because the starches were stored in the fridge separate from the broth and vegetables.
I was about 16 years old at the time and loved to cook and began to do it his way from then on.