5 March 2015

Alphabet soup

Happy World Book Day everyone! Did you go to work or school dressed as a literary character? I didn't really, but I was spending it in spirit. However today's recipe might turn out to be suitable to the theme and what could be more fun than good old alphabet soup? I made this tomato based soup with alphabet pasta, and I'm sure that you would get most kids eating this with passion and maybe even forming words on their plates.


800 g tomatoes
2 shallots
3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp olive oil
Bunch of fresh basil
100 g tomato puree
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup alphabet pasta


Chop the shallots and garlic finely. Remove the skins of the tomatoes by dipping them for a few seconds into boiling water and then to cold water. Then the skins should almost remove themselves.

Heat olive oil in a saucepan and cook the shallots and garlic soft. Add the skinned tomatoes to the pan.

Let simmer under the lid at medium to low heat for at least 30 minutes by occasionally stirring and crushing the tomatoes with a ladle as they become softer.

Season the soup with fresh basil, tomato purée, salt and pepper and purée the soup with a hand mixer.

In a separate pot, boil the alphabet pasta until al dente and add the cute letters to the tomato soup.

Serve warm and enjoy! I served fluffy homemade garlic and basil rolls on the side, for which I will be soon sharing a recipe (not my own unfortunately).

Have fun!

Your VegHog


  1. Already a young woman, yet alphabet soup remains as one of my favorites.<3
    I'll be saving this recipe to try very soon. :)

    Vegetarian Courtesy

    1. Oh good to hear! I had forgotten all about any kind of alphabet soup until I saw the cute alphabetti pasta in the store. I just had to buy some.

  2. Looks delicious - sorry that World Book Day passed me by but at least I recognise the hattifatners (not sure that my spelling is spot on though) after reading a moomin book recently

    1. Thank you! I think they are hattifatteners in English, but we just call them hattivatit in Finnish. I went to a great exhibition in Helsinki last year showing Tove Jansson's Moomin and other art. It was really good, and of course I do own some Moomin mugs and bowls. :)


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