Alphabet Soup: Learning While Cooking


Combine fun, learning, and deliciousness with our Alphabet Soup recipe! This delightful dish is perfect for young chefs and curious minds, turning mealtime into an educational experience. Each spoonful of this nutritious soup brings a mix of letters, making it a playful way to help kids learn the alphabet while they enjoy a warm, comforting meal. Packed with fresh vegetables and tiny pasta letters, this soup is as healthy as it is enjoyable!

Alphabet Soup: Learning While Cooking

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Makes 4-6 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl per person


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 liter of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 400 grams (0.88 pounds) of canned diced tomatoes
  • 200 grams (0.44 pounds) of alphabet pasta
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Cook until the onion, carrots, and celery are cooked, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in the broth and diced tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Add the alphabet pasta and dried Italian herbs. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked.
  4. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot, optionally topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Encourage kids to help with vegetable preparation (under supervision) and adding the alphabet pasta.
  • Add other vegetables like peas, green beans, or spinach for extra nutrition.
  • For a heartier soup, consider adding cooked chicken or beans.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Where can I find alphabet pasta? Alphabet pasta is often available in the pasta section of supermarkets or specialty stores.
  • Can I make this soup vegetarian? Yes, use vegetable broth and add more veggies or beans for protein.
  • How can I store leftover soup? Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.
  • Is this soup suitable for freezing? Yes, but note that the pasta may become softer upon thawing and reheating.