tomato soup with pasta

a.o. pasta varieties
2016-11-05

Alphabet soup is always a popular menu item, if only because everyone will try writing their name with the pasta letters. :-)

The easiest way to make pasta soups is to use ready-made packages. Vermicelli and letter pasta are also available separately and can be added to any soup.

It doesn’t have to be tomato soup. Vermicelli is quite often used in sickbed chicken soup.

 

Pic1a: alphabet soup - internet picture
Pic1b: alphabet soup - now also an internet picture

INGREDIENTS

This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 1 ready-made package
    OR
    • 1 qt. tomato soup
    • ½ cup pasta letters

Directions

Ready-made package:

  • Combine the content of the package and 4 cups of water in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for the time recommended on the package.
  • Rest 3 minutes before serving.

Letters a.o. pasta with a soup:

  • Add 1 cup of letters to 2-4 qts of boiling soup.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for the recommended time.
  • Serve and enjoy.

IMPORTANT:

If you have leftovers to be refrigerated, strain the pasta letters to separate them from the liquid. If left in the soup, they will keep absorbing liquid and will get mushy. Add the letters back when you warm up the soup again.

some varieties

There are more small soup pasta varieties than I care to list here. These are just a few of the many. You can of course also add full-size spaghetti or other shapes. That is entirely up to your preference.

 

Pic3: alphabet soup
Pic4: vermicelli
Pic5: vermicelli with chipotle

 

Pic6: plain
Pic7: tri-color
Pic8: shapes for kids

More than just pasta

2014-11-05

You don't need to limit yourself to the pasta. Feel free to add other vegetables as well.

Chayote is a Mexican climbing vine with pear-shaped fruit. Wash and cut the fruit, stew for 5-15 minutes.

 

Pic9: chayote squash
Pic10: tomato alphabet soup with chayote