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Alphabet vegetable soup

Some of our favourite older recipes (including many in the Best of Bridge back catalogue) included canned soup, which is an ingredient that many of today’s cooks shy away from — it just feels better sometimes to take the extra step and make things from scratch. We were making an old pork chop recipe that calls for a can of Alphabet Vegetable Soup and figured we could make it ourselves. This soup is thick — as it would be coming straight out of the can, which makes it ready to go into your favourite vintage recipe. If you’d rather eat it as a soup, simply thin it with more chicken stock or water.


Homemade Canned Alphabet Vegetable Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
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Serves: 2-4
  • ½ cup alphabet pasta (or similarly small pasta such as orzo)
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions until just al dente — be careful not to let it get mushy. Meanwhile, heat the chicken broth over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan. Add the carrot, peas, tomato paste, thyme, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Turn heat down and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the broth is slightly thickened. Add the cooked pasta and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Use in place of canned soup in another recipe or thin with more chicken broth or stock and serve as a soup.