Alphabet Soup

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Have fun with your family and serve this healthful soup for supper. Vegetables add color, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Kids like to find their names in the soup.




Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Textureherby, meaty, savory

Type of Dishhot soup, soup


  • ½ pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Vegetable oil, as needed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1½ cups tomato juice
  • 1 can (10½ ounces) beef broth, undiluted
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • ½ zucchini, unpeeled, chopped
  • ¾ cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup alphabet pasta


  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, combine beef, onion, and garlic and sauté, breaking up meat with a spoon, until meat is browned and onion and garlic are tender, about 5 minutes, adding a little oil if needed. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, broth, water, seasonings, carrots, celery, and zucchini. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Add peas and pasta and cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes longer. Serve in bowls.


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