Cook up this cozy Alphabet Soup recipe the next time you want an easy meal that’s also fun! ABC pasta is a perfect addition to this kid-friendly soup—and you can tailor the veggies to the likes (or dislikes!) of your own kiddos. It’s so versatile!

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Alphabet Soup

My kids are huge fans of buttered pasta and while we do have that regularly (comfort food for the win!), I do also like to make sure I’m offering them veggies too. (At least some of the time!)

This kid-friendly soup is easy, straight forward in flavor, and is a fun way to change up their plain pasta.

It reminds me of the pastina that my mom made for me as a kid (with tiny star pasta!) and so it makes me happy to serve it to my kids.

TIP: I kept the veggies simple in this recipe so that the kids can clearly see what’s in it and also so it’s easier for you to swap them out for other veggies if you prefer.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Butter: I like unsalted so I can season to taste with salt as needed.
  • Diced carrots: Dicing them fairly smalls helps ensure that they cook quickly.
  • Reduced sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • ABC pasta: This is such a fun shape and it cooks really fast.
  • Frozen peas
  • Salt
  • Marinara sauce, optional
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

TIP: We like to add the marinara and Parmesan for a little extra flavor, but it’s also good without them!

Ingredient Swaps

  • Use olive oil in place of the butter to make this dairy-free.
  • You can use another small pasta shape if you like.
  • If your kids don’t like peas, you can skip adding them.
  • The marinara and Parmesan add really nice extra flavor, but they are optional if you want this simpler.

how to make alphabet soup step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Heat a pot over medium heat. Add the butter or oil to melt and warm.
  2. Add the carrots and stir to coat. Cook until just softening
  3. Add the broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the pasta to cook.
  5. Stir in the peas and marinara sauce, if using.
  6. Season to taste with salt and serve with Parmesan, if desired.

TIP: The soup thickens as it sits and absorbs the broth, which we don’t mind (and it’s easier to serve to little kids when there’s less broth). You may want to add a little more broth if you’re reheating leftovers to return it to a more soup-like consistency.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pasta works best in this recipe?

If you can’t find ABC pasta, orzo, pastina, or ditalini (or any other very small pasta shape) work. Smaller shapes cook quickly and are easier to eat with a spoon than larger pieces of pasta.

Where can I find alphabet pasta?

I can find it at one of my regular small town grocery stores, but if you can’t find it, you can order it from Davinci here. Target also sells little star pasta from their store brand in a blue package that it’s a good option too!

Which other vegetables work?

You can make this with just carrots (just double the amount) or frozen veggie medley to save some time on chopping. You could add some corn, diced zucchini, diced green beans or diced tomatoes if desired, too.

How to Store and Reheat

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Warm to serve for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

If the pasta has absorbed all of the broth, add a little more (or use water) when reheating to return it to a more soup-like consistency. (My kids like it without much broth, so they don’t mind it though!)

Best Tips for Success

  • If using any other pasta shape, check the cooking time on the package.
  • Use just carrots and double the amount.
  • You could add some corn, diced zucchini, diced green beans or diced tomatoes if desired, too.
  • Use frozen veggie medley with carrots, green beans, corn, and peas if desired, and skip Steps 1 and 2.
  • The marinara sauce adds nice extra flavor, but you can skip it if you don’t have it.
  • The pasta continues to absorb the liquid as it sits, so the soup will continue to thicken. You can add more broth if desired, though the thicker soup does make it easier for the kids to eat!
  • You may also like Extra-Veggie Pasta, Easy Lentil Soup, and ABC Muffins.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, so please comment below to share.

This post was first published November 2020.

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Favorite Alphabet Soup

You can use ABC pasta, orzo, pastina, or ditalini—or any other very small pasta shape in this recipe!
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 295kcal
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 4 cups reduced sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups ABC pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce optional
  • Parmesan cheese optional

Instructions

  • Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add the butter or oil to melt and warm.
  • Add the carrots and stir to coat. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the broth and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat back to medium so it’s a simmer with regular small bubbles.
  • Add the pasta and cook for 5-6 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in the peas and marinara sauce, if using.
  • Season to taste with salt and serve with Parmesan, if desired.

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Notes

  • If using any other pasta shape, check the cooking time on the package.
  • Use just carrots and double the amount.
  • Use frozen veggie medley with carrots, green beans, corn, and peas if desired, and skip Steps 1 and 2.
  • The marinara sauce adds nice extra flavor, but you can skip it if you don’t have it. Use homemade or store bought.
  • The pasta continues to absorb the liquid as it sits, so the soup will continue to thicken. You can add more broth if desired, though the thicker soup does make it easier for the kids to eat!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Warm to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 494mg, Potassium: 557mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 5777IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. Made this last night for a quick easy dinner. Delicious as usual! 🙂 I used ditalini (super short tube pasta) because I couldn’t find ABCs at my regular grocery store. Added pizza sauce because that’s what we had on hand. Thanks for this recipe- it’s a staple in our house.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for my 15m old son since he’s been sick. I topped it off with cheddar and mozzarella cheese. He loved it! He’s been having them for lunch and dinner. Perfect for a sick kid!

  3. 4 stars
    Good introduction to soup for little one. I unfortunately failed my child and have not given him soup. So now my going on 3-year-old won’t touch soup. This was a good introduction and easy enough for him to help me make it. Switched out carrots for parsnips because he’s not a carrot kid. Also, was not easy to find alphabet pasta shapes. For me it needs some more spices or flavors, as the soup is kind of bland but overall tasted good.

    1. I haven’t because the cooking time is fairly short and I think if you cooked the pasta with the lid sealed it would disintegrate.

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing easy soup! I used frozen peas and carrots and to add more flavor I added a teaspoon of chicken bouillon and a dash of pepper. Better than buying a canned soup.