Homemade Alphabet Vegetable Soup

Homemade Alphabet Vegetable Soup Homemade Alphabet Vegetable Soup

I know, I know…soup in the summer?  Most people might not think about making soup when the weather becomes warmer, but there is something comforting about soup on a rainy day no matter what the temperature may be.  I, along with my children are outdoors a lot when the weather is nice and we suffer from seasonal allergies that make us stuffy and congested this time of year.  A hot bowl of soup is soothing when you have been blowing your nose or coughing all day.  It has been rainy and damp here lately so I decided to make a big, huge pot of this Alphabet Vegetable Soup.  I love the veggies and my children love the alphabet pasta:)  This veggie packed recipe does make a ton of soup!  I always make this with the intentions of freezing quite a bit of it or serving a large group of people.  I love freezing this homemade soup in big mason jars, so if someone does get sick, all I have to do is pull this out of the freezer and warm it up.  What your favorite soup to freeze?

Homemade Alphabet Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. alphabet pasta, cooked and set aside
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped small
  • 1 bag of baby carrots, chopped small
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped small
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 16 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 2 Tbsp. beef bouillon
  • 12 oz. bag frozen chopped green beans
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled, diced and cooked separately
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil on medium high heat and saute the carrots and celery for a few minutes.
  2. Then add the onion and the garlic and saute for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, basil, beef bouillon and bay leaves.
  4. Give it a good stir, cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Turn to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes until just tender, drain and set aside.
  7. Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse and set aside.
  8. When the hour is up, add the peas and beans and let simmer for 15 more minutes.
  9. Turn off heat, add the pasta and the potato and stir.
  10. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove the bay leaves and serve with a sandwich or fresh bread.
  12. *If freezing, let the soup cool to room temperature, put in large mason jars, airtight plastic containers or a plastic freezer bag, label and freeze. Make sure you leave room in the container for the soup to expand as it freezes.
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