Our Alphabet Soup is derived from a century-old recipe that has been made in my family for generations. I have vivid memories of my grandmother making this soup for me and my sister when we would visit her. It came to be known as “macaroni soup” because she traditionally made it using elbow macaroni. The idea is simple, but the flavor is classic and robust. As I grew older, I remember my mother making this recipe when she and my father would go out for the evening. She would hire a sitter (rarely a good one) and have this soup on the stove for my sister and I to eat. My parents would usually return home to find us asleep on the floor, the TV blaring, and the baby sitter asleep on the couch. The pot on the stove would be empty with traces of dried up tomato broth on the edges; we had devoured the entire pot of soup in one evening. Now I make this soup for my kids, and I honestly enjoy it just as much as I did all of those years ago. I can still picture myself sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table whenever I take the first bite. Surprisingly, Jackie devoured her bowl of soup the first time I made it for her, just like a true member of the family. She (in her infinite wisdom) came up with the idea of using alphabet pasta as an alternative to elbow macaroni, as it reminded her of one of her childhood favorites: Spaghettios. We think the flavor of our alphabet soup is enough to entice your kids, and the pasta letters make it fun to eat. Whatever the occasion, this soup just has a way of bringing out the kid in you.
An age-old recipe from grandma that I have been eating my entire life and never tire of.
- 1 pound box of alphabet pasta (any pasta of your choice will do)
- 2 small cans tomato paste 5 oz
- 1 stick butter
- 2 TBSP garlic powder
- 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Boil pasta until done.
- When pasta is cooked, carefully drain most of the water, leaving about an inch of water remaining over the top of the pasta.
- Add two cans tomato paste and a stick of butter
- Stir until butter is melted
- Add spices (garlic powder, salt and pepper)
- Allow to sit in pot on top of stove for 15 minutes (the pasta will absorb some of the water thickening it slightly)
- Add Parmesan cheese and stir in.
- Serve with bread and butter and enjoy.