Alphabet Minestrone Soup

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

This soup is really easy to make and fun to eat. My son says that his favourite thing about this soup is making words on his spoon with the alphabet shapes. It takes me back to when I was a kid and would stick my fingers in my soup and do the same. I guess somethings don’t change.

I had to look around before I found organic alphabet pasta at a health food store. The pasta expands quite a bit when you cook it so you don’t need that much. The amount of water that you add may vary based on how much is absorbed by the pasta. To make an adult version of this soup, try it with hot sauce and fresh ground pepper.

Makes 4-6 servings
Cooking time 25 minutes

2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced onions
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) diced tomatoes
1 cup (250 ml) diced carrots
1 cup (250 ml) corn
1 cup (250 ml) peas
1 cup (250 ml) broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups (398 ml) kidney beans
4 1/2 cups (1125 ml) boiling water
2 cups (500 ml) cooked alphabet pasta
1 tbsp (15 ml) salt

1. Heat a large stock pot on medium-high heat. When it’s hot add the olive oil. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds until the garlic browns.

2. Add the diced onions and cook until transparent, 1-2 minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes and turn the heat to high. Cook until the tomatoes turn to mush, you may need to add some water.

4. Add the vegetables and cook until they soften and the kidney beans.

5. Add the water, pasta and salt and bring to a boil. When the soup boils it’s ready to serve.

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