This recipe for alphabet soup is full of ground beef, vegetables and tender pasta, all simmered in a hearty tomato broth. The perfect family friendly dinner option!

My kids are soup fanatics, they’re always requesting chicken tortellini soup, cheeseburger soup and this super delicious alphabet soup.

A pot of alphabet soup with ground beef and vegetables.

This winter my girls developed a love for soup. Which I was totally fine with, it’s easy to make, relatively healthy and is often a complete meal in a pot. One of my daughters rejects pasta and noodles about 90% of the time but she will make an exception for alphabet noodles which is how this recipe for alphabet soup came to be.

This soup is perfect for a soup and sandwich lunch. Try some leftover soup with my grilled caprese sandwich, turkey roll ups or they always fun Disneyland style Monte Cristo sandwich for an amazing lunch!

Alphabet Soup Ingredients

To make this delicious alphabet soup you will need olive oil, an onion, carrots, celery, ground beef, minced garlic, a can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth, alphabet noodles, frozen corn, frozen green beans and parsley.

Ground beef, carrots, onion and celery in a soup pot.

How Do You Make Alphabet Soup?

To make alphabet soup heat some olive oil in a large soup pot. Cook onion, carrots and celery in the pot until softened. Place ground beef in the pot with salt and pepper and cook until browned. Crumble the beef as you cook it. Add garlic and cook it for a few seconds. Next add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth and seasoning to the pot. Place in the pot alphabet noodles, frozen corn and frozen green beans. Stir everything together. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer until the pasta gets tender. Add a sprinkle of parsley and you’ll be ready to eat!

Ground beef, vegetables, canned tomatoes and seasonings in a pot.

Tips For The Perfect Alphabet Soup

  • Make sure to crumble your beef into bite sized pieces while you cook it.
  • While I typically use frozen corn and green beans for this alphabet soup, feel free to substitute fresh veggies if they’re in season.
  • This recipe calls for Italian seasoning. You can buy Italian seasoning or make your own Italian seasoning.
  • This soup makes great leftovers. Just be aware that the noodles will continue to absorb the broth as they sit in the fridge. When I reheat this soup, I typically add another cup of broth to the pot.

Quick Tip

I use 90% lean ground beef. It’s got plenty of flavor but it isn’t overly greasy.

A pot with noodles, broth, frozen corn and frozen green beans.

Recipe FAQs

Where do you find alphabet noodles?

You can usually find alphabet noodles in the pasta section of your supermarket or in the International foods aisle near the Mexican food products. If you can’t find the noodles either of those places in your local grocery store, you can order them online.

What are the letters in alphabet soup made of?

The letter in alphabet soup are made of pasta. They are small dried pasta letters that you can cook and enjoy in a soup.

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A bowl of alphabet soup with beef and vegetables in a tomato broth.

Flavor Variations

I think this alphabet soup is perfect as-is, but there are tons of different ways to change up the ingredients to suit your tastes!

  • Protein: Try using cooked shredded chicken, mild Italian sausage or ground turkey instead of the beef.
  • Noodles: If you can’t find alphabet pasta or don’t have it on hand, any tiny pasta will work such as orzo or acini de pepe.
  • Vegetables: You can mix and match the vegetables to include the veggies your family likes best. Other great vegetables to try include potatoes, bell peppers, frozen peas or spinach.
  • Broth: You can use chicken broth if you prefer.
  • Seasonings: For more flavor you can add some dried thyme, dried oregano or a bay leaf.
  • Vegetarian: For a vegetarian version, omit the ground beef and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.
  • Cheese: Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or some grated cheddar cheese on top

This alphabet soup appeals to kids, but adults love it too! A bowl of this hearty combination of meat, veggies and pasta just can’t be beat.

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Alphabet Soup

AuthorSara Welch
A pot of alphabet soup with ground beef and vegetables.
This recipe for alphabet soup is full of ground beef, vegetables and tender pasta, all simmered in a hearty tomato broth. The perfect family friendly dinner option!
Time
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Serves 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup alphabet noodles
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen green beans
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves chopped

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery to the pot.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes or until softened. 
  • Add the ground beef to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned and mostly cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth, alphabet noodles, corn and green beans to the pot; bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10-12 minutes or until noodles are tender and vegetables have softened.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Notes

  1. Look for alphabet noodles the pasta aisle of your grocery store or the international aisle. You can also order them online. 
  2. I use 90% lean ground beef. It’s got plenty of flavor but it isn’t overly greasy.
  3. Make sure to crumble your beef into bite sized pieces while you cook it.
  4. While I typically use frozen corn and green beans for this soup, feel free to substitute fresh veggies if they’re in season.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 976mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3650IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    A whole delicious meal in a pot! Found the alphabet noodles in the Mexican food isle of the store and they are less than $1.

  2. 5 stars
    I was so excited to find your recipe! I grew up with canned alphabet soup but love making it from scratch now (thank you)! Thanks for the tip on where to find the pasta too!

  3. 5 stars
    We ate this for the first time tonight using a different meatball recipe we’d previously made and frozen. It was good!

  4. Hmmm, I wonder if you could find those noodles on Amazon? It occurred to me that my kids have never eaten any version of alphabet soup–either store-bought or deliciously home-made, like yours. They would LOVE this! Plus, they like ‘Martha Speaks’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I can’t believe that alphabet pasta is hard to find, it always in stock at my local Giant Eagle grocery store, im making this some time this week!!!

  5. This recipe looks great. I have a toddler and we are learning letters now. He loves both soup and meatballs. I bet he would love to look for letters in his soup!

  6. 5 stars
    My daughter would love this. Her two favorite things are alphabet soup and meatballs, and to put them together might just blow her mind, lol.

  7. my cousins used to pick the little green flecks out of their ramen. Kids can be so ridiculous when it comes to food! This looks divine though!