Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup

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My famous alphabet soup is super easy to make, packed with vegetables, kid-approved, and done in 30 minutes or less.

Thanks to canned veggies and lots of good flavors, it comes together without a fuss for a simple weeknight meal, the perfect cold fighter, or something to warm you and your family up on a chilly day!

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The Best Homemade Alphabet Soup

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!

Most summers, I grow a huge garden and can my heart out. My pantry is always plum full of delicious veggies that I pull out all year long, whether it’s in the middle of winter or next summer, and enjoy. I know that many of you aren’t able to do the same, so I made a recipe using lots and lots of canned veggies that you can pick up at the grocery store!

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.

pot of healthy alphabet soup with ladle

What’s in homemade alphabet soup?

Only the best, yummiest flavors! I make alphabet soup using fresh onion and garlic for rich flavor; veggie or chicken broth and tomato sauce for a savory broth; canned diced tomatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, and corn for a slew of veggie power; alphabet noodles of course; plus fresh parsley, dried basil, salt and pepper for additional flavor.

How do you store leftover alphabet soup?

Allow your soup to cool completely before ladling it into an airtight container and storing in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it with great success up to 3 months.

Why is it called alphabet soup?

Alphabet soup has long been a family favorite meal, and it’s named for the letter-shaped noodles that make it so fun and creative!

How do you make alphabet soup less thick?

If you prefer a thinner broth, you can simply add a cup of water or up to two cups more of broth and adjust the seasonings to make sure they don’t get overpowered by the extra liquid.

spoonful of alphabet soup spelling YUM

Tips and tricks for making alphabet soup:

  • 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.
  • You can find the alphabet letters near other pasta or in the Hispanic foods section of the grocery store.
  • This is a great dinner to add some Super Simple No-Knead Bread or some Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits — both are great options that my kids love.
  • Don’t like green beans? Don’t add them! This is the kind of soup that you can add or take away what you do and don’t like really easily. Make it your own.

How to make alphabet soup:

  1. Heat the olive oil and onion over medium-high heat until the onion is cooked through and translucent. 
  2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (with the juice), green beans, peas and carrots, corn, parsley, basil, and salt.
  4. Continue to heat until the mixture is boiling. Add the alphabet noodles and simmer 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, and enjoy right away.
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a spoon scooping out the word "yum" out of alphabet soup
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Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup

My famous alphabet soup is super easy to make, packed with vegetables, kid-approved, and done in 30 minutes or less.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 (Serves 6-8)

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carton vegetable or chicken broth, (32 ounce)
  • 1 can tomato sauce, (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 can green beans, (14.5 ounce, drained)
  • 1 can peas and carrots, (14.5 ounce, drained)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, (14.5 ounce, drained)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 bag alphabet noodles, (7 ounce)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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Instructions 

  • 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 garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  • Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (with the juice), green beans, peas and carrots, corn, parsley, basil, and salt.
  • Continue to heat until the mixture is boiling. Add the alphabet noodles and simmer 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, and enjoy right away.

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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 or up to two more cups of broth, and adjust the seasoning to taste.
  • You can find the alphabet letters near other pasta or in the Hispanic foods section of the grocery store.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 8 servings, Calories: 110kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 1429mg, Potassium: 503mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1038IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 2mg
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Y-U-M is right! Wasn’t that easy?! Open a few cans, let the pasta cook, and enjoy. Done.

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This post was originally published in 2018, and has been updated and rephotographed in January 2020.

Homemade, veggie-filled alphabet soup is one of our favorites and I can’t wait for you to make it too! Enjoy from my kitchen to yours.

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235 Comments

  1. Sherry Conrad says:

    I like to have tomatoes and pineapple on hand.

  2. Shannon says:

    I like lots, bananas, avocados, and all kinds of greens.

  3. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like to stock up on canned corn and green beans.

  4. Buddy Garrett says:

    Peaches are my favorite.

  5. s riches says:

    My favorite to keep stocked up on are all kinds of beans.

  6. vivian blevins says:

    blueberries and beans.

  7. angie lilly says:

    I love to keep lots of different beans and tomato products on hand so that I can always throw together an Italian recipe or pot of soup.