Favorite Alphabet Soup to Share with the Kids


Cook up this cozy Alphabet Soup recipe the next time you want an easy meal that’s also fun! ABC pasta is a perfect addition to this kid-friendly soup—and you can tailor the veggies to the likes (or dislikes!) of your own kiddos. It’s so versatile!

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Alphabet Soup

My kids are huge fans of buttered pasta and while we do have that regularly (comfort food for the win!), I do also like to make sure I’m offering them veggies too. This kid-friendly soup is easy, straight forward in flavor, and is a fun way to change up their plain pasta. It reminds me of the pastina that my mom made for me as a kid (with tiny star pasta!) and so it makes me happy to serve it to my kids.

TIP: I kept the veggies simple in this recipe so that the kids can clearly see what’s in it and also so it’s easier for you to swap them out for other veggies if you prefer.

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Ingredients in Alphabet Soup

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • butter or olive oil
  • diced carrots
  • reduced sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • ABC pasta
  • frozen peas
  • salt
  • marinara sauce, optional
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

TIP: We like to add the marinara and Parmesan for a little extra flavor, but it’s also good without them!

How to Make Alphabet Soup Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Heat a pot over medium heat. Add the butter or oil to melt and warm.
  2. Add the carrots and stir to coat. Cook until just softening
  3. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Add the pasta to cook.
  4. Stir in the peas and marinara sauce, if using. Season to taste with salt and serve with Parmesan, if desired.

TIP: The soup thickens as it sits, which we don’t mind (and it’s easier to serve to little kids when there’s less broth) but you may want to add a little more broth if you’re reheating leftovers.

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What kind of pasta works best in this recipe?

If you can’t find ABC pasta, orzo, pastina, or ditalini (or any other very small pasta shape) work. Smaller shapes cook quickly and are easier to eat with a spoon than larger pieces of pasta.

I can find it at one of my regular small town grocery stores, but if you can’t find it, you can order it from Davinci here. Target also sells little star pasta from their store brand in a blue package that it’s a good option too!

Which other vegetables work?

You can make this with just carrots (just double the amount) or frozen veggie medley to save some time on chopping. You could add some corn, diced zucchini, diced green beans or diced tomatoes if desired, too.

Tips for Making the Best Alphabet Soup

  • If using any other pasta shape, check the cooking time on the package.
  • Use just carrots and double the amount.
  • You could add some corn, diced zucchini, diced green beans or diced tomatoes if desired, too.
  • Use frozen veggie medley with carrots, green beans, corn, and peas if desired, and skip Steps 1 and 2.
  • The marinara sauce adds nice extra flavor, but you can skip it if you don’t have it.
  • The pasta continues to absorb the liquid as it sits, so the soup will continue to thicken. You can add more broth if desired, though the thicker soup does make it easier for the kids to eat!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Warm to serve.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, so please comment below to share. It’s always so helpful to hear what your kids think of my recipes!

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Description

You can use ABC pasta, orzo, pastina, or ditalini—or any other very small pasta shape in this recipe!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 4 cups reduced sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups ABC pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce, optional
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add the butter or oil to melt and warm.
  2. Add the carrots and stir to coat. Cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat back to medium so it’s a simmer with regular small bubbles.
  4. Add the pasta and cook for 5-6 minutes or until tender.
  5. Stir in the peas and marinara sauce, if using.
  6. Season to taste with salt and serve with Parmesan, if desired.

Notes

If using any other pasta shape, check the cooking time on the package.

Use just carrots and double the amount.

Use frozen veggie medley with carrots, green beans, corn, and peas if desired, and skip Steps 1 and 2.

The marinara sauce adds nice extra flavor, but you can skip it if you don’t have it.

The pasta continues to absorb the liquid as it sits, so the soup will continue to thicken. You can add more broth if desired, though the thicker soup does make it easier for the kids to eat!

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Warm to serve.


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