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How many of you remember your mom or dad opening a can of Campbell's vegetable soup for you when you were little? I still vividly remember the sound of the can opener popping the top off, seeing the orange grease on the inside rim of the can and watching it plop it into the soup pot to be heated. Minutes later I would be swirling my spoon in the soup trying to figure out which letter or number was which and trying to eat (or save, depending on the day) my favorites. I also remember actually finding it to be "fun food".

Well, no more Campbell's for me, thank you very much. Just look at the side of the can and look at all of those unnecessary ingredients. I can't even pronounce half of them! Surprise, surprise, I make my own, especially since this recipe takes no time to prepare, freezes beautifully and is perfect on cold winter nights. It's also a great choice when you're trying to get your kids to eat vegetables, but they're being resistant. I find soup in general to be a great way to get kids to eat and alphabet soup is especially fun for them because they can actually learn and participate in their meal. Kenya is just shy of 2 years old and can't spell yet, but he definitely took notice of all those recognizable letters that he's used to seeing in his books. He chugged this yummy soup like it was a glass of water. Need I say more!

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Alphabet Soup (Serves 6)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Stalk Celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 Yukon Gold or Waxy Potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 14 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 32 Oz Box Vegetable or Chicken Stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 Cup Letter Pasta
  • 1/2 Cup Corn (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 Peas (I used frozen)

Preparation

1. Heat the oil in a medium sized pot and saute the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes and salt for 4 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, stock and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce and cook for 15 minutes.
3. Bring the heat back to a boil, add the pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add the corn and peas and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until pasta is tender.
4. Serve.
*Allow to cool, store in appropriate container or ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, defrost in fridge for 24 hours or place in pot and bring to heat over low-medium heat.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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23 comments

  • Keri

    Looks yummy! How much stock do I use?

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  • Nidhi

    Hi,

    Any suggestions of pasta if alphabet pasta is not readily available.

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    • Kayte

      Our grocery keeps small packets of \"soup noodles\" in the Mexican food section, including alphabet, star, and melon seed shapes. More readily found in the pasta aisle would be Italian soup noodles like acini di pepe (aka \"frog eyes\") and orzo. In a pinch, you could also break vermicelli into small pieces.

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  • Embr

    I love this recipe. I made it for my 15 month old and it was a hit! It was easy on my babys gums. It felt good knowing exactly what my child was eating. Thank You for sharing.

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  • Dawn

    This was great and fun. I added some garlic and more spice/seasoning.

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  • Sarah

    Thanks! This was great! I didn't have celery on hand so I did without and it turned out quite tasty. Also I swapped the bay leaf for oregano and garlic. Thank you again for posting.

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  • Kelli

    Could this be prepared for a one-year-old?? I'm thinking of doing this for my son's 1st birthday party.

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    • Catherine

      sure! this would be so fun!

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  • Mary

    Just made this today for my 1 and 3 year olds. Had my 3 year old add the pasta so she was helping mama cook… and they both loved it! Didn't have celery and used half chicken and half beef broth. DH and I were suprised with how hearty it was. I am going to freeze some 1/2 c portions to send to dayare with them. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Andi

    I found this gem a few months ago and have made it several times. No more Campbell's for us, either. This has the perfect flavor, and everyone loves it. Thank you!

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  • Kat

    This was a hit in our house! I added an extra 1/4 cup of pasta so it was very hearty. Everyone loved it from the grandparents down to the youngest kiddo. I had to stop myself from going back for a third serving!

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  • Dina

    Where can I find the pasta that has letters? Can't wait to make this for my 2 year old! (and I'm a reading teacher so you know I love the letters!)

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  • Nicole

    This is so easy and very tasty! My kids gobble this soup down and usually request a second bowl. I also put it in my son's lunch box, which is a nice change from his usual sunflower butter, jelly, banana sandwich:) I usually use ditalini pasta instead of the alphabet.

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  • Julie

    I can't wait to make this for my little ones! What do you think of substituting sweet for yukon potatoes?

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  • Stacey Weber

    Any suggestions on where to get the alphabet noodles? I haven't been able to find them as of late anywhere and while i can obviously substitute other noodles in the recipe my kids love the alphabet ones the best. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

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    • McCord

      I haven't been able to find them in stores lately, either! Try online?

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    • Diana Malvaso

      I found them at save-a-lot in the hispanic section for 4/$1!

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    • Mandy Pants

      Ask your local supermarket to carry it or special order several boxes for you..

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  • Mandy Pants

    I find the pasta at a local health food store.. The one I get is a tri color organic 60% wheat pasta by Eden it's their vegetable alphabets. You can always ask your local supermarket to carry them.. Or special order you several boxes, I have a supermarket that will do special orders if they don't have a particular item on hand or in general don't carry it in stock..

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  • Mandy Pants

    Ps.. This is easily my 3 year old son's favorite soup!! :D

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