Easy soup

Alphabet Soup

This is an easy soup that my entire family loves (especially my picky daughter).  It's easy, I almost always have the ingredients on hand, and it's pretty versatile.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (seasoned or not)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup noodles or rice (maybe less rice, I rarely measure...)
  • water
 Theoretically you could just throw everything in and cook until the noodles are done. I like my veggies a little more cooked, so I start with those.  Cook onions, carrots, and celery in a bit of butter/oil to soften. Add diced tomatoes and another canful of water. Add chicken bouillon cube (and extra seasonings if you like). Boil until carrots are Add noodles/rice and some extra water (especially for rice - just watch and add more if you need to) and cook until those are ready! Ta-Da!

I often use Italian herbed diced tomatoes. If I use plain, I add oregano and basil. You can also add garlic to make it super awesome. Or leftover chicken to make it more hearty.  I used to prefer making this with shell noodles, but lately I've been using alphabet noodles (which my kids love).

I always have these ingredients on hand. I used diced tomatoes so regularly that I always have them in my cupboard. Before my kids snacked on celery, it would often go to waste. So I would chop half the bunch and freeze it. I often did the same with onions.

When my daughter was still learning to feed herself (using her fingers) this (with garlic) was her absolute favorite. 

I like to serve this with grilled cheese, tuna melts, or biscuits. Mmmm...
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