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Recipe for alphabet soup

03school - Karoline Boehm Goodnick's recipe for alphabet soup. (Karoline Boehm Goodnick)

Karoline Boehm Goodnick for the boston globe

Serves 6

Though essential to the dish, alphabet noodles for alphabet soup can be a challenge to find. If you can’t find them at your local grocer, Vitacost.com offers a couple of options, both organic and conventional. Otherwise, substitute any other fun shape like farm animals. They may need another minute or two to cook.

2tablespoons olive oil
1onion, chopped
3carrots, chopped
2stalks celery, chopped
1tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste
1can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
10cups vegetable stock or water
1medium zucchini, chopped
½cup frozen peas
2ears fresh corn, kernels removed or 1 cup frozen corn
1can (15 ounces) red beans, drained
cups alphabet pasta or another tiny pasta shape

1. In a soup pot over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the onion, carrot, celery, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Lower heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often.

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2. Add the tomatoes and vegetable stock or water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the zucchini, peas, corn, beans, and pasta. Return to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until pasta is tender but still has some bite.

3. Taste for seasoning, add more salt and pepper, if you like, and ladle into bowls. Karoline Boehm Goodnick

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