Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup

The joy of the holidays are over, the new year has begun, and it’s back to the grind. If you are like me it’s time to get a handle on your eating again. We eat healthy and balanced meals most of the time but I’ll be the first to admit that I let our better habits slip a lot during the holiday season.

Choosing healthy options for your family doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive, and today’s recipe proves that point. You are going to love this healthy 30 minute alphabet soup. It’s kid tested and healthy mama approved. If putting a healthy meal on the table is quick and easy then you have no reason not to!

This past summer I grew a huge garden and canned my heart out. My pantry is plum full of delicious veggies that I pull out now, in the middle of winter, and enjoy. I know that most of you weren’t able to do the same, so when I was given the opportunity to blog about something I would consider comparable to my own cans of garden veggies (and that is really saying something!) I took that chance.

Let me introduce you to Del Monte® canned veggies. I did some research about this brand and their product before I agreed to blog about it and what I found surprised and pleased me. Did you know that 90% of Del Monte’s produce is grown in the United States? I was also pretty impressed when I read, “Del Monte fruit, vegetables and tomatoes are picked at the peaks of ripeness, with the majority canned the same day they are picked to lock in flavor, vitamins, antioxidants and essential nutrients. 95% of all Del Monte canned fruit, vegetable and tomato products are preservative-free.” Fun facts that sure sold me on the product.

And then I tried it…delicious! I did a little blind taste test on my kids (and we all know how honest kids are) between Del Monte’s green beans and the green beans that we grew and canned and the kids couldn’t tell the difference. Neither could I for that matter. If a veggie canning company can compete with the produce that I lovingly grew and stored away then they are doing something right and have my stamp of approval. This recipe use lots of different canned vegetables which makes it a cinch to prepare. And you can keep the ingredients for the recipe on hand, because they aren’t going to go bad if you don’t get to the making it right away.

So next time you are out, stock up on some Del Monte vegetables, that way when you need a quick and healthy meal on a busy school night you’ll have everything you need. It’s like have a garden in your pantry, only you don’t have to weed it. Now on to that soup.

Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup from www.blessthismessplease.com Quick, easy, and full of veggies!

There is something magical about alphabet soup. Having all those fun letters hiding in it makes it so easy to dig in to. My little ones love finding the letters to their names and if they happen to eat tons of vegetables while doing so I’m not going to complain. This soup is thick and hearty without being heavy. With just the right amount of seasoning and a magical sweetness that comes from the use of ripe tomatoes in the tomato juice, this soup is going to please even the pickiest eaters.

Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup from www.blessthismessplease.com Quick, easy, and full of veggies!

Here are the cans of veggies that I used. Doesn’t back-lighting make everything look pretty? :) Alphabet soup ingredients

Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup
 
Makes: Serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 46-ounce can tomato juice
  • 1 14.5-ounce can Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 14.5-ounce Del Monte® Whole Green Beans
  • 1 14.5-ounce Del Monte® Peas and Carrots
  • 1 14.5-ounce Del Monte® Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 14.5 ounce can full of water
  • 2 tablespoon bullion base (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 12-ounce box alphabet noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and onion over medium-high heat until the onion is cooked through and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato juice, diced tomatoes (with the juice), green beans, peas and carrots, corn, water, bullion base, parsley, basil, and salt to the pan.
  2. Continue to heat until the mixture is boiling. Add the alphabet noodles and continue to cook while the mixture is boiling for 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the soup to rest for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste (don't be stingy on the salt!) and enjoy right away.
Notes
This soup is pretty thick, just the way I like it. If you'd like it less thick add a second can of water and adjust the seasoning to taste.

Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup from www.blessthismessplease.com Quick, easy, and full of veggies!

Y-U-M is right!

Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup from www.blessthismessplease.com Quick, easy, and full of veggies!

Wasn’t that easy?! Open a few cans, let the pasta cook, and enjoy. Done. And here’s something else fun. Del Monte is sponsoring a giveaway of a $100 Visa gift card to get you excited about their tasty products. All you need to do to enter is answer the following question in the comment section of this post. That’s pretty easy too!

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I’m never without green beans and pears. We love them. Delicious soup and a giveaway, now this is what I call a good post! And don’t forget to check out the Del Monte Facebook page for great recipes and other food-driven fun! I hope you enjoy the soup as much as I enjoyed telling you about it, and good luck. Thanks so much for reading! You all make this hobby so very enjoyable.

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236 comments on “Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup

  1. Never been a fan of peas, but corn is an absolute must! Whether it’s a side, in soup, or with nachos(don’t knock it until you try it!) I always have corn on hand.

  2. We always have pineapple chunks because my daughter snacks on them all the time! (always have green beans too – just in case!)

  3. I keep my pantry stocked with Del Monte; peas and carrots, diced AND stewed tomatoes. My son eats most anything served over pasta so Del Monte makes up 85% of this skillet full of tasty, nutritious dinner – and leftovers for my work lunch box. Brown a cut up head of garlic in butter OR bacon grease if your lucky enough to have some around. Add a chopped onion to the partially browned garlic. Add I sliced up link of your favorite sausage or 1/2 lb of browned turkey burger when onions are half way done (they continue cooking while the sausage is cooking / releasing its flavor into the mix). Add a can of peas and carrots, one or two cans of diced or stewed tomatoes to heat up in last 5 min. of cooking, until sausage is done – plump and juicy !
    I serve it over pasta with grated parmesan chesse and toasted sour dough ! A complete nutritionally balanced meal in one skillet ! i store left over pasta seperately and combine before reheating throughout the week from my lunch box. Enjoy !

  4. Ok I love how quick and easy this soup is! Just my two cents- since I can’t ever find a box of alphabet noodles for the life of me (weird, right?!) I used orzo this last time and I definitely recommend that. I also cooked it for just five minutes (you’re supposed to cook it for ten according to the pasta box) and then just take it off the heat, uncovered, and it continues to cook through as it sits for ten minutes or so. I found this cooks it perfectly and it doesn’t overcook and get too mushy for leftovers, which I’m always nervous about with noodle dishes :)

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