Homemade Alphabet Chicken Soup

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For whatever reason, I always just assumed that my girls were not big fans of soup. But one day, when they were watching an episode of PBS Kids' Martha Speaks (a cute, educational cartoon about a talking dog that learned to speak after she ate some alphabet soup), they asked me for some, yes, alphabet soup. Really? You want to have some soup!?!? Sure!! So the next time we went to the grocery store, I let them pick out a couple cans. They picked out Campbell's Vegetable Alphabet soup and a can of Chicken Noodle Soup. Guess what? They didn't like the alphabet soup (too tomato-y) and loved the chicken soup but really wanted the letters. So of course I was determined to come up with a recipe that was not only fun to eat, but good for them too because I'm just not a fan of Campbell's Soups with all that sodium in their regular soups. And their low-sodium soups definitely taste like they need... sodium. Ha!

After several attempts, I finally came up with one that the girls will slurp down every time. ESPECIALLY when they are sick or are watching Martha Speaks. :)

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And yes, one night I DID have too much time on my hands. I had made a pot of soup to take over to a sick friend, the hubby was at a hockey game and the girls were fast asleep. Yes, I could have done a million other things, but this is what I was COMPELLED to do that night - spell out "CHICKEN SOUP" with my letters. Hee hee. The girls thought it was the bomb. :)

So before I blab on any more, here's my recipe:

Updated 2/28/14:
I have decided to re-vamp this recipe to lower the sodium content per serving to about 228 mg/1 cup by eliminating the use of boullion/Herb Ox. Here's the updated version. I've decided to remove the old recipe, but if for whatever reason, you'd like it, just leave me a comment and I can send it to you. :)

Alphabet Chicken Soup - new and improved!
by happyvballgirl of My Epicurean Adventures

8 cups low sodium Chicken Broth
about 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotissery chickens work great!)
1/2 cup letter pasta, uncooked
1/4 cup barley, uncooked
1/4 cup brown rice, uncooked
1/2 cup diced carrots (I just buy a bag of shredded carrots and further dice that)
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup broccoli slaw, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper (optional)

Fill a large pot or dutch oven with water. Add all the ingredients into the water and bring to boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer for another 15-20 minutes or until the rice and veggies are tender.

Makes about 10 cups of soup.

If it's not "soupy" enough or if it's too savory, just add a couple more cups of water to taste.

Enjoy some on the spot and then freeze the rest because this recipe makes a lot of soup! I freeze them in 2 cup servings in my Pyrex glass conatiners.

To defrost, just place ice soup into a medium sized pan, add some chicken broth (about 1/2 cup for 2 cups frozen) and bit more salt/garlic power/parsley flakes since you are watering it down.

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Jenn Christ said...

Oh this looks so good! I'm adding it to my list! Can't wait for a chilly day to enjoy some :D

Jenna LaFevor said...

Sounds sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Jenna! And thanks so much for stopping by!

happyvballgirl said...

Oooh, I hope you like it, Jenn! <3

Michelle Hargreaves said...

Yum! I love that you combined the alphabet letters with chicken soup--I'm not a fan of the tomato alphabet soup either! I'll have to try this some time. :)

Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

Millie Snyder said...

My Grandkids will love this recipe! I will make it when one of them is sick. Yum!

happyvballgirl said...

Haha! Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, I hope they enjoy it but I hope they don't get sick any time soon! :) Thanks so much for stopping, Millie!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It looks particularly good to me since I've been fighting a sinus cold for days! Thanks for the recipe!

Lisa Lynn said...

It looks really yummy! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre!
Hope to see you again tomorrow at:

happyvballgirl said...

It definitely hits the spot when you are sick. Hope you feel better soon, Manuela!

happyvballgirl said...

THanks Lisa Lynn! You KNOW I'll be there! :)

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Thanks so much!

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