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ALPHABET SOUP - SOPA DE LETRAS

This Alphabet Soup is really easy to prepare and is loved by everyone, young and old. I know it is a particular favorite with children since they like to play with their imagination and form words with all those letters floating in the bowl! 
Course Soups
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 465kcal
Author Mely Martínez – Mexico in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. plum tomatoes
  • ¼ of a medium size white onion
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg. 7.5 oz. alphabet soup
  • 8 cups of chicken broth*
  • Salt to taste

OPTIONAL FOR GARNISH:

  • ½ avocado diced
  • ½ cup of Mexican Queso Fresco
  • Lime wedges
  • Mexican cream

Instructions

  • Chop the tomato, onion, and garlic and place in your blender or food processor with one cup of the chicken broth. Process until the ingredients form a smooth sauce, then set aside.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the alphabet soup pasta and fry until slightly brown (stir often to avoid burning the pasta). This step will take about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the tomato sauce using a strainer, bring to a boil, and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the chicken broth, season with salt, place lid on the pot, and simmer for 8-10 more minutes. Check pasta for doneness (this pasta cooks really quick). Remove promptly from the heat to avoid overcooking.

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Notes

    • Homemade chicken broth can be substituted for store-bought chicken broth or chicken bouillon mixed with water.
    • Some cooks like to add a sprig of cilantro to the soup while it is simmering the Alphabet soup (Sopa de Letras).
    • This soup freezes well.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 1911mg | Potassium: 1353mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 38.1mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 13.9mg