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Alphabet Vegetable Soup

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  • Homemade Alphabet Soup is an excellent way to get kids and grownups, too, to eat their vegetables.

      Homemade Alphabet Soup is an excellent way to get kids and grownups, too, to eat their vegetables.
    M. Eileen Brown@ebrown@dailyherald.com

 

2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

3 carrots, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

1 russet potato, peeled and diced

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 red pepper, diced

2 quarts (8 cups) chicken or vegetable broth

1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, not drained

2 teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup alphabet pasta (or other really small shape)

1 cup frozen green peas

1 cup frozen sweet corn

In a large stockpot, heat the butter or oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, and red pepper. Cook about five minutes, stirring a few times during that time. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the soup, and cook another 20-25 minutes.

Stir in the pasta and cook five more minutes. Stir in the peas and corn and cook about five more minutes, until the peas and corn are heated through.

Serves 6 grown-ups

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