Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Alphabet Soup

     Classic Alphabet Soup!
     I saw a bag of Alphabet Pasta at the grocery store and I simply could not resist!  Making an Alphabet Soup that is modeled after the famous canned version seemed like a fun idea at the time.  Canned Alphabet Soup is a nice convenience, especially when ill or when there is just not enough time in a day.  Making Alphabet Soup from scratch with fresh ingredients is not difficult to do and the nutritional value is better than soup from a can.  The flavor is a bit more crisp on the palate too.
     There are no special cooking techniques involved in making Alphabet Soup.  The oldest soup recipes in the world only required boiling or simmering the ingredients in a pot.  Many traditional soups in the modern age are still made this way.  Uncomplicated soup recipes like Alphabet Soup help to relieve stress and the alphabet letter shaped pasta is entertaining.  Children and adults of all ages like spelling words while sipping on Alphabet Soup!

     Alphabet Soup:
     This recipe yields about 4 1/2 cups.  (2 large portions)
     Step 1:  Heat a large sauce pot over medium high heat.
     Add 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock.
     Add 1 tablespoon of small chopped onion.
     Add 1 tablespoon of thin sliced green onion.
     Bring the liquid to a boil.
     Step 2:  Add 1/4 cup of sliced celery.
     Add 1/4 cup of diced carrot.
     Add 1/4 cup of diced turnip.
     Add 1/4 cup of diced potato.
     Add 1/4 cup of frozen small lima beans.
     Add 1/4 cup of peeled and seeded diced fresh plum tomato.
     Add 2 tablespoons of corn kernels.
     Step 3:  Add 1 pinch of Herbs de Provence.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.  (2 to 3 pinches)
     Bring the liquid back to a boil.
     Step 4:  Reduce the temperature to medium low heat.
     Simmer till the hard root vegetables just start to become tender.
     Step 5:  Raise the temperature to medium heat.
     Bring the soup to a gentle boil.
     Add 1/4 cup of Small Alphabet Pasta.
     *Add 1 extra tablespoon if extra Alphabet Noodles are desired!
     Gently boil till the pasta is almost fully cooked.  (al dente)
     Step 6:  Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Add 2 tablespoons of frozen peas.
     Add 1/4 cup of small bite size green bean pieces.
     Gently simmer till the ingredients are tender and the volume of the soup reduces to about 4 1/2 cups.
     Step 7:  Reduce the temperature to very low heat.
     Ladle a 2 cup portion into large soup bowl.
     No garnish is necessary!

     It is okay to play with the food when eating Alphabet Soup!  Alphabet Soup is fun comfort food!

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