Letter Thoup (Recipe: Turkey Alphabet Soup)
On an average day, letters and numbers floating around in your soup bring warmth and goodness that brighten that average day and make it above average. We don’t need to aim for royal superlatives everyday such as best ever or most exciting, Above average is just fine. Actually, average is not so bad itself. Average means good if most of your days are good.
As a child, I ate my share of tomato soup and alphabet soup that came from a Campbell’s soup can. While the taste of Campbell’s Alphabet Soup was essentially the same as their Chicken Noodle soup, I preferred Alphabet. Noodles aren’t entertaining. Letters and numbers entertain.
It’s time for me to make entertaining Alphabet Soup for Jackson and Ella, my three-year old grandchildren. It’s fun finding the letters in your bowl that spell you name.
We had a nice lunch of Alphabet Soup and Log Cabin Salad. After lunch, they went to their very own room they have at my house that’s just for them and it has lots of toys and books and toys and fun things and toys and clothes and baskets of toys and the bed where they sleep when they spend the night.
What?? Doesn’t every grandparent do this?
As I was cleaning the kitchen, Jackson came in and said,
“Nana, I made thome letter thoup for you in my room.”
Just as an self-respecting grandparent would do, I scurried to their room to retrieve my thoup. His tiny little three-year-old hands handed me this:
God love that sweet baby’s heart. At our house, Alphabet Soup will FOREVER and EVER be known as Letter Thoup.
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Turkey Alphabet Soup
Use any combination of vegetables, fresh or frozen. Fresh vegetables may be added directly to the soup raw, however, I prefer to saute before adding to the soup pot because of the added flavor caramelization brings to the party. I sauteed onions, sweet peppers, celery and carrots. The canned English peas require very little cook time and are added directly to the soup pot. The tiny little alphabet pasta requires very little cook time. It will continue to cook off the heat if there’s sufficient liquid in the pot. Add additional water or stock if necessary after the pasta has been added to the pot.
6 quarts stock
6 cups raw vegetables (I used onions, sweet peppers, celery and carrots)
4 cups cooked turkey, diced
1 (15 ounce can) English peas, drained (I use LeSuer very young small sweet peas)
16 ounces alphabet pasta, uncooked
Place stock in a large soup pan and bring to a boil.
Saute fresh vegetables in olive oil until soft, about 10 minutes. Season. Add to boil stock. Cover. Reduce heat to a medium simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
Add diced turkey, cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Bring heat back up to a rolling boil. Uncover and add pasta and English peas. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir and cover. Let sit for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve.