Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tomato Alphabet Soup

I spotted a package of Eden Organics alphabet pasta at the grocery store and thought the itty bitty organic letters and numbers were just about the cutest pasta I'd ever seen. Naturally, I had to buy a box, and tonight I'm finally opening it up to make this soup. It's a great way to get kids to eat vegan!

For this recipe, you'll need 1 cup of cooked alphabet pasta, made according to package directions (about 1/2 cup uncooked). Once cooked, drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped carrot, and 3 tablespoons chopped celery; saute for 4 minutes.

Stir in 3/4 cup vegetable broth, 1/2 tsp. dried basil, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, and 1 (14-ounce) undrained can of diced tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in 1/4 cup of the cooked alphabet pasta, remove the pan from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and process until smooth. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan, and add the remaining cooked pasta and 1/2 cup plain soy milk (such as Silk). Cook over medium-high heat for a final 2 minutes or so, stirring frequently (but don't let the soup return the soup to a boil), until thoroughly heated.

1 cup of soup is 180 calories. The quantities above make enough for 3 servings, but you can double the recipe easily!

carrot $0.61
celery $1.99
vegetable broth $2.49
canned diced tomatoes $1.99
plain soy milk $2.49


tiffany said...

Where did you get the alphabet pasta?

R Starr Lemaitre said...

It's from Eden Organic - they sell the brand at both Whole Foods and Commodities Market (1st ave and 10th street), and I'm sure other organic grocery stores too! Let me know if you can find it :)

The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance