In 2022, Wordle took the world by storm. I, like millions of others, became obsessed with trying to show everyone just how smart I am by trying to solve the once-a-day in 3 or less guesses. I’d usually do it right at midnight before passing out. And that’s when it happened, I began to see words in my sleep. And then I began to eat my words. No, seriously. I did. This game inspired me to create an easy-as-ABC, 4-ingredient, 2-step recipe, dump & go for kids of all ages: Alphabet Soup!
So dip your spoon in a bowl of this fun, educational and delicious alphabet soup that will trick kids into eating their veggies and expand all of our vocabularies.
For a more grown-up version of a pasta-filled vegetable soup, try my Minestrone!
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their juices (try to use a kind with basil, garlic and oregano in it)
- 20-30 ounces frozen vegetable mix (usually has carrots, peas, corn green beans and sometimes lima beans)
- ½ cup alphabet pasta (ditalini, rings, tubettini and pastina also work fine – see Jeff’s Tip)
- 1-3 teaspoons seasoned salt, to taste (optional)
- Add the broth, diced tomatoes, frozen veggies, and pasta to the pot. Stir well. Top with the basil leaves but do not stir. Hit Cancel and then hit Pressure Cook or Manual at High Pressure for 2 minutes. Quick release when done.
- Stir in the seasoned salt (if using, start with 1 teaspoon and add more to taste), ladle into bowls and practice for tomorrow’s spelling test.
I suggest only using ½ cup because while it may not look much in its uncooked state, it will expand and absorb the broth significantly as it cooks. If you have kids who REALLY want lots of alphabets in their soup, you can add ¾ or up to 1 cup of it, but I’d suggest serving the whole pot upon cooking. Otherwise, the pasta will continue to absorb the broth as it rests, making any leftover soup mostly pasta (but again, some kids may prefer this – anything that gets them to eat their veggies, right?) Of course, you can always add more broth if you find too much of it has been absorbed by the pasta while resting.