Thursday, March 3, 2011

Homemade Alphabet Soup

Ok, folks. This is gooood. Kids love it, it's far healthier than it's canned counterpart (um, gross!!), it freezes well, and I guarantee that you have at least 90% of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

Here's what you need:

32 oz beef broth
1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
a cup of carrots
a cup-ish of baby spinach
a cup of alphabet noodles
a can of diced tomatoes*
a clove of garlic, minced
parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste

Side note A:
How cute are these alphabet noodles??

Side note B:
*In this particular batch, I used some of my garden tomatoes that I froze. I will tell you that the results were fantastic. I will be substituting those tomatoes for canned as long as possible. (And the cooked and drained ground beef just wanted to say hello since he didn't fit in the first picture).

Another incredibly complicated Busy B's recipe. Pour the broth in a large pot, and add in the ground beef, carrots, garlic and tomatoes.

Let this simmer on medium low heat until the carrots no longer taste like carrots (15-20 minutes).

About 5 minutes before you are ready to serve it, add in the pasta.

At serving time, stir in the spinach, just to let it wilt a little bit:

Garnish with parmesan cheese. Yum:

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