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Letter Thoup (Recipe: Turkey Alphabet Soup)

January 17, 2013
by Jackie Garvin

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.

Alphabet Soup ~ Syrup and Biscuits

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.

Ella and Jackson collage

 

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 play pot that had a letter and vegetable decal in the bottom.

letter thoup

 

God love that sweet baby’s heart.  At our house, Alphabet Soup will FOREVER and EVER be known as Letter Thoup.

Y’all come see us!

 

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)

olive oil

4-1-1 seasoning

 

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.

 

Letter Thoup (Recipe: Turkey Alphabet Soup)

Letter Thoup (Recipe: Turkey Alphabet Soup)

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • olive oil
  • 4-1-1 seasoning
  • 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

Instructions

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.

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  1. January 17, 2013 4:05 pm

    awwww…. jackson’s “letter thoup” brought a smile to my face :)
    your soup looks so hearty. i have been feeling a little under the weather and i know a bowl of this soup would make me feel better…hehe

    • January 17, 2013 5:00 pm

      CakeWhiz,

      I wish I could bring you a gallon of Letter Thoup. So sorry you’re feeling poorly. It would fix you up!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. January 17, 2013 5:05 pm

    When I was a kid we had alphabet soup and I liked it much better than the noodle soup because I didn’t get any noodle waggle on my chin. Love your soup.

  3. Ann permalink
    January 18, 2013 9:05 am

    Love your story!! Grandchildren really do fulfill our lives don’t they. My purse recently was stolen and my granddaughter came to my daughter crying and wanted to give Nana her allowance for the next four weeks to help her out!!

    • January 18, 2013 1:14 pm

      Ann,

      What a precious, precious story. I’m sure it made you want to eat your granddaughter up!

  4. January 18, 2013 11:13 am

    Such a sweet post! :)

    • January 18, 2013 1:12 pm

      Thanks, Miss Mary. We all love those grandbabies! I’m sure you’ve made gallons and gallons of thoup for yours.

  5. Jean permalink
    January 18, 2013 11:59 am

    Tomato was first then any of the noodle thoups. Ate my way thru them all! Sweet babies you got there Jackie! Wish I could pull that bowl of thoup thru this computer screen.

  6. January 18, 2013 7:54 pm

    Just found your blog…what a cute name. I’m thinkin’ you must be a relative because I thought my family was the only bunch of weirdos to eat (and love) biscuits and syrup. I grew up in the Florida Panhandle and now live in St. Petersburg. Nobody here has ever heard of biscuits and syrup. What a shame. I found you off of Pinterest. Love your blog.
    Fran

    • January 18, 2013 8:33 pm

      Hi, Fran! This part of Florida (I’m in Hillsborough County) doesn’t have a Southern personality, at all. That’s the reason no one around has heard of syrup and biscuits.

      So glad you found us, Fran! I hope you visit us often.

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