Take a trip down foodie memory lane with this homemade vegetable alphabet soup recipe! With plenty of hearty veggies and alphabet pasta in a rich tomato-based broth, it’s belly-warming with every spoonful.
Bringing you a homemade version of a childhood favourite … vegetable alphabet soup!
This hearty veg soup is not only delicious, but it’s also fun too!
With alphabet pasta, how can it *not* be fun, right??
So, ditch the canned store-bought stuff and make your own vegetable soup from scratch. You’ll never look back!
How to Make Alphabet Soup
Full details on how to make this soup are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- In a pot, cook some onion and garlic in a little olive oil.
- Add tomato paste and stir to incorporate.
- Next goes sweet potato, carrot and celery.
- Add basil, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Pour in your canned tomatoes (rinse out your can with some water to get all that goodness) and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook.
- Stir in alphabet pasta and cook.
- Add peas and corn.
- Cook until warmed through. Remove bay leaves and discard.
- Serve and enjoy!
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For a super hearty meal, this soup goes great with a simple grilled cheese or veggie sandwich!
Do I Have to Use Alphabet Pasta?
Well, it technically won’t be an ‘alphabet’ soup, but you sure can!
If you don’t have alphabet pasta on hand, use orzo, ditalini, or another small pasta.
More Recipe Tips
Cut your veggies relatively the same size so they cook evenly.
Unsalted vegetable broth was used here. If you use anything otherwise, like ‘low sodium’ or ‘regular’ you may need to use less salt.
Speaking of broth, you can use our homemade veggie broth if you like.
Depending on your tomatoes, you may want to add a pinch of sugar to counterbalance some of the acidity. Just add to taste, if desired.
Enjoy as is, with a slice of your favourite bread or crackers.
Sub out the sweet potato for regular potato, if that’s what you have on hand or prefer.
Instead of frozen peas, try green beans instead (if they’re on the larger or longer side of things, just chop smaller before adding to the pot).
Diced tomatoes are recommended here. These little pieces of tomato add texture and flavour, in my opinion. However, if you don’t have those, you can use whole peeled canned tomatoes and just break up with your hands or a potato masher.
More Vegetable Soup Recipes
Hope you love this recipe for alphabet soup as much as we do!
If you make this vegetable alphabet soup recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed it!
Vegetable Alphabet Soup Recipe (wholesome & yummy!)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion , peeled and diced (about 1.5 cups)
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 medium sweet potato , peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
- 2 carrot , peeled and sliced no more than ¼ inch thick or diced small (about 1 heaping cup)
- 2 stalks celery , sliced no more than ¼ inch thick or diced small (about 1 heaping cup)
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1.25 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
- 28 ounce can of unsalted diced tomatoes (a little over 3 cups or about a 796 millilitre can of tomatoes)
- 8 cups unsalted vegetable broth (see recipe 'Notes' regarding broth used).
- 1 cup alphabet pasta
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup canned or frozen corn
- Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add onion and garlic and cook 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add sweet potato, carrot, celery, basil, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaves and chili flakes (if using). Stir to combine.
- Pour in canned tomatoes and broth. Bring to simmer, reduce to a medium-ish simmer, cover, and cook 20 minutes or until veggies are almost done.
- Add pasta, stir in, and cook 10 minutes.
- Add peas and corn, stir in and cook 5 minutes or until warmed through. Remove bay leaves and discard. Portion and enjoy!Note: Properly store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3 to 4 days. Because of the pasta, leftovers may thicken. You can thin the soup out with broth should you wish. Reheat when ready to enjoy.
- Unsalted vegetable broth was used here. If you use anything otherwise, like ‘low sodium’ or ‘regular’ you may need to use less salt.
- Cut your veggies relatively the same size so they cook evenly.
- Depending on your tomatoes, you may want to add a pinch of sugar to counterbalance some of the acidity. Just add to taste (if desired).
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.