Want something classic and comforting for lunch this winter season? Why learn how to make your very own alphabet soup from your childhood?
Table of Contents
- Alphabet Soup
- Why It Is So Important To Ensure Your Onions Are Thoroughly Cooked Before Adding Other Ingredients
- Can You Use Fresh Vegetables?
- Could You Use Different Pasta Shapes?
- What Type Of Frozen Vegetables Should You Use In Your Soup?
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- Alphabet Soup Recipe
Packed full of those all-important vegetables and super quick to make this soup is the answer to all of your weeknight meal problems! This alphabet soup recipe is the perfect way to sneak more vegetables into your child’s diet while distracting them with fun pasta shapes.
Why It Is So Important To Ensure Your Onions Are Thoroughly Cooked Before Adding Other Ingredients
If you find that when making tomato-based soups you often struggle to get the other ingredients cooked just right you are not alone. When raw tomatoes are added to the soup pot they bring down the overall temperature and slow down the cooking of the other ingredients, like onions, garlic, and potatoes.
As the onions and garlic make up the base flavor of this soup it is important that they are cooked just right. Rather than adding the tomatoes early on during the cooking process instead try adding them when the frozen vegetables go into the pot.
The potatoes will cook just fine as they still have the broth to boil in and the temperature of the pot will not be affected until much later on when they are fully cooked.
Can You Use Fresh Vegetables?
If you don’t have frozen vegetables on hand don’t worry because you can also make this soup using fresh vegetables. The final product will be just as tasty no matter what type of vegetables you use. The only downside to using fresh veggies is that they require a few extra steps when preparing the ingredients for your soup and they take slightly longer to cook.
Make sure to account for the extra time that it will take to wash and cut your fresh vegetables. It is best to do this just after cutting the onions as you already have the chopping board out and you have to wait while the onion cook anyway.
You are also cooking to want to adjust when you add the vegetables to the soup as fresh vegetables tend to take longer to cook. Vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, parsnips, and sliced beans are best added alongside the potatoes to ensure they have enough time to cook. Other vegetables like corn and peas can be added later as they do not take as long.
Could You Use Different Pasta Shapes?
Alphabet pasta is one of the best options when making this soup for children. The fun shapes distract from the fact that you are serving up vegetables for dinner and provide something new and exciting with each spoonful.
This doesn’t mean that you have to be limited to alphabet pasta, though; you could absolutely use any small pasta shape that you choose. Most grocery stores have a range of fun-shaped pasta often linked to popular movies, shows, and child-focused brands.
Of course, if you are not making this veggie soup to sneak vegetables into your loved ones’ diets, but instead as a delicious nutrient-rich meal, you are free to add any small pasta shape that you desire.
Make sure to stick with smaller pasta shapes that will fit onto a soup spoon to prevent this from feeling like a pasta dish rather than a soup.
What Type Of Frozen Vegetables Should You Use In Your Soup?
There are all sorts of vegetables you could use in this recipe in place of the listed ingredients – so long as it’s healthy, use anything you like!
- A Vegetable Mix
You really can’t go wrong with a bag of frozen mixed vegetables when making this soup. Mixed veg bags typically include things like carrots, corn, green beans, or peas ensuring that your soup contains a good balance of nutrients while also being bright and colorful for that all-important visual appeal.
When dealing with picky eaters who will run away from the table at the slightest sight of a vegetable you might find that a mixed bag of veg just doesn’t work and that you need to be more selective about the veggies you hide within your soup.
- Carrots and Celery
Carrots and celery are one of the best combinations when hiding vegetables from picky eaters. Almost everyone loves carrots thanks to their bright color and sweet taste and are always a good choice in soups like this.
Celery is another veg that can often slip through the radar of picky eaters especially when it is cut very small. Its light and vibrant color helps to set it apart from other green vegetables that can often cause fear.
- Peas and Corn
Peas and corn might be a bit more of a risky choice if your diners have a fear of green vegetables, but they rarely cause the same desire to run from the table as broccoli and green beans. Corn has the same advantages as carrots, it’s sweet and adds color to the soup which is always a win.
- Carrots and Corn
Carrots and corn might seem like cheating as it completely avoids adding anything green to your soup, but remember any vegetable is better than no vegetable at all. The bright colors and sweet flavor should help you to avoid even the pickiest of eaters’ vegetable alarm bells start ringing.
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 1 hour
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Cup white onion (finely diced)
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1-2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- One 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 7-8 Cups vegetable broth
- 2 large Russet potatoes (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
- 2 Cups frozen vegetables
- 1 Cup dry alphabet pasta
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add in the onions, and fry until softened and translucent.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until browned and fragrant. Add in the Italian seasoning and heat for 30 seconds.
- Add the canned tomatoes, vegetable broth and potatoes to the pot. Bring to a low simmer, then reduce the heat and cover.
- Cook for 40-45 minutes or until the diced potatoes are tender.
- Stir in the frozen vegetables and cook for 10 minutes more.
- Add the alphabet pasta and cook for another 5-7 minutes until pasta and vegetables are tender.
- You can always add more broth if the soup is too thick at this point. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
- Garnish with fresh sprigs of parsley and serve with your favorite soup crackers.
- You can use fresh vegetables, simply add them in when you cook the potatoes and adjust the cook time accordingly. However the frozen vegetable mix in this soup make it so easy.
- When you use tomatoes they can stop the cooking process of the onions and even potatoes. If this is a common problem for you, leave the tomatoes out until the point that you add in the frozen vegetables and simply cook your potatoes in the broth. I always make sure my onions are completely cooked when making a tomato based soup.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.