It’s been a long time since I’ve had alphabet soup, so I had forgotten that it’s usually just vegetables (well, and alphabet pasta), until Matt reminded me that this was unusual in that it had chicken in it. I thought it was unusual in that it had numbers in it as well as letters. Apparently Prince brand alphabet pasta – the only kind I could find – has a pretty broad definition of “alphabet.” To be honest, I was a little surprised I found alphabet pasta at all.
Neither of us has a cold or anything, so this isn’t being used for its curative powers, and we both already know how to spell, so I’m not really sure why I made it. Why not?
The recipe comes from PBS, actually. So this means that people of a certain political bent hate it, and that it’s supported by Viewers Like You (and if you don’t read that in a Lamb Chop voice, I don’t really know what to do with you).
Chicken Alphabet Soup
2 tbsp butter
1/2 an onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb chicken breast, diced
4 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup alphabet pasta
In a soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
Saute the onion, garlic, carrot, and celery for 5 minutes.
Add in the chicken and saute it for another 5 minutes or until white on all sides.
Pour in the broth and the bay leaf. I mean, don’t pour the bay leaf. That’s what “doing it wrong” looks like.
Bring to a boil.
Add the pasta and cook for 7 – 8 minutes.
Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Discard the bay leaf before serving.
I wanted to get a word in my spoon, but that demanded a level of patience and intensity that I just didn’t have.