About this Recipe
This alphabet chicken noodle soup is Yummy in the tummy! When you are planning family friendly meals, this alphabet chicken noodle soup offers you a healthy soup recipe that children of all ages really love to eat. The ABC pasta noodles make it fun and when you offer up a bowl of soup that has colorful carrots and peas and appealing little bites of white meat chicken, it is not only a super appealing soup visually, it is also a healthy soup recipe that you can feel really happy about eating.
1. Use scissors instead of a knife to cut the chicken. It is much easier. Cut off any fatty pieces or any bits that may have blood spots or unappetizing textures. We grew up in a house where we were all very fussy meat and poultry eaters, so have picked up some food preparation habits that include removing all fats and gristle from all meats.
2. Once the soup has cooked shut off the heat, no need to leave it simmering and getting mushy. Any leftovers can be refrigerated in a sealed container. When reheating soup, only heat up what you plan to serve and eat. We suggest that with all our homemade soup recipes as the remainder of the soup will stay nice longer if the entire pot is not heated and reheated over and over.
3. This is a meal that encourages playing with your food, well, maybe - just a little bit. If you can spell out even one short word, from those ABC's floating around in the bowl, it becomes a bit of a victory.
Whenever you’re preparing food, one thing to be aware of is mold. So if you ever find mold growing on your food that’s a sign that it’s not fresh anymore and should probably be thrown away to avoid contamination of any other food in your kitchen. Mold can also make you sick if you eat it too often or if you already have stomach issues or a weak immune system. Store your food in airtight containers for the best preservation. If you do find mold growing on your food avoid smelling it as you could breathe in mold spores which are not good for your health. You should also know how to remove mold from any surfaces by cleaning them properly after you’ve found moldy food in an area.
Makes 12 servings
1/4 cup of butter
1 small sweet onion, diced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 garlic clove, minced
1 whole chicken breast, no skin, cut into small bite size pieces
4 cup water
4 cups chicken broth (two 946ml boxes) you can use all chicken or half chicken and half vegetable
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups alphabet pasta noodles
2 cups frozen peas
Freshly chopped parsley for garnish - optional
1. Prepare all the ingredients.
2. We used a mandoline slicer, you can also cut by hand if you don’t have one. We always use our safety cutting glove to avoid any cuts or mishaps that can so easily happen to your fingertips.
3. Cut the butter into chunks. They will melt faster in the soup pot if in small pieces.
4. Peel and thinly slice the carrots. Slice the celery sticks into thin pieces.
5. Cut the potato into small cubes. Dice the onions into small pieces. Mince the garlic.
6. Melt the butter into you soup pot. We used a Dutch oven as it is so nicely seasoned and one of our favorite cooking vessels. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft.
7. Add the remaining vegetables and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
8. We also often make our soups just adding the liquid after the onions have cooked and you can do that if you are in a hurry, but by frying the veggies for a few minutes, it just gives a bit different flavor to the soup. Turn the heat to low while you are prepping the chicken.
9. Meanwhile prepare the chicken breasts. We like to use food grade vinyl gloves when handling meat. We have found that scissors are a much easier way to cut up chicken than using a knife. We are quite ‘fussy’ so when prepping chicken we like to cut off any of the bits we don’t find appealing. Cut the breasts into bite sized cubes.
10. Add the chicken to the veggies, turn the heat up and stir in. Add one teaspoon salt, and cook about 5 minutes or until the chicken pieces are cooked through. Add the liquids to the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in the alphabet noodles. The noodles will take about 10 minutes to cook. Shut off when they are ready. Stir in the frozen peas. The heat from the soup will cook them within a couple minutes so no need to cook any longer. Do a taste test and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
11. This soup is a real hit with kids. The A-B-C’s make it fun to eat and the colorful carrots and peas make the soup very appealing. Adding a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh parsley also adds great color.
12. When you re-heat soup, always just reheat the amount you plan to eat. The remaining soup will stay nicer if not heated over and over again.
General tidiness and cleanliness is also very important to maintain in your kitchen, so you don’t attract mold and heaven forbid any other inconveniences like mice or ants. That’s another good reason always to put ingredients away after you’re done using them and seal them in proper containers. You should also make sure you store leftover food properly as well so that it doesn’t go bad.
If you happen to end up with a really messy pot or pan, you will also want to learn how to clean pots and pans properly so you’re not leaving behind any messes that might attract pests or cause stains on your cookware. Using baking soda as a natural kitchen cleaner can help remove stains and stuck on food that is tricky to get off the pan. You can also use this on other kitchen tools, and it will help to disinfect them after use as well.
Although the slogan its A-B-C-Delicious is one of the most memorable cereal slogans, one can't help but apply the same slogan to this healthy soup recipe.
Chicken noodle soup is known to be comfort food and another thing that can bring comfort is thinking good thoughts and part of that is having positive words in your thought process. Have you ever heard of the positive word game? You need to go through the alphabet and for every letter think of a word that is a good feeling word. Normally we just play this word game in our heads but when we saw all those letters just laying there randomly, we thought it would be lots of fun to create a list of positive words from them. Thinking good thoughts will make you feel better.
Carrots are so colorful and appealing. I love how versatile they are. You can eat them raw or cooked. Have you noticed how many carrot varieties are available. Did you know that carrot varieties are divided according to their shape. There are so many colors of carrots as well. They are red, white, purple and yellow as well as orange. What an amazing rainbow they can create on an appetizer plate. There is good nutrition in carrots, plus they keep well.
Mealtimes should be fun times, when you can sit as a family, enjoy some laughter and conversation. If you eat your meals at the table instead of in front of the TV screen your family will have an opportunity to share what their day was like. As a family, we grew up eating our supper at the dinner table. Everyone had their spot and their duties whether it was setting the table or having your turn at doing dishes. There may have been a little bit of the typical child vs child nattering, but it became a time when you heard what each sibling did that day, you learned some table manners and in hindsight really got to spend time as a family.
I recall my mother saying eating carrots would be good be good for my eyesight. Carrots are high in Vitamin A and that is a nutrient for good vision. Carrots also are a source of beta-carotene and the body converts beta-carotene to Vitamin A. Eating too many raw carrots can discolor your skin, so if you drink excessive amounts of raw carrot juice, you may find your skin changing color. Like anything, everything in moderation! Even if something is good for you, you should always work on maintaining a balanced diet.