As I was cruising down the grocery store isles with my list of things and ingredients to buy for the week, I was also trying to find inspiration, specifically in the pasta section. Pasta is just one of those comfort foods that so many people go to, especially on chilly and gloomy days. As I was scanning all the different types of pastas, I came across alphabet pasta. Right then and there I had an OMG moment!
Why haven’t I thought of this before? Almost everyone I know has great memories of eating alphabet soup as a child. I remember being so mesmerized by all the letters floating around in the broth. I don’t even remember the last time I have eaten alphabet soup, and more importantly I don’t ever recall my kids ever eating alphabet pasta. I don’t even think they know it exists! I had to buy it and make them a great chicken noodle soup using this pasta. Even better is my toddler, Sofia, who’s learning her letters is going to be so excited to eat her letters!
This soup is so incredibly simple to make, you’ll be wondering why you’d ever buy the canned stuff ever again!
- 4 chicken leg quarters
- 6-8 cups of filtered water
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 2-3 cloves of garlic – smashed
- 2 slices of fresh ginger
- 1 large Spanish onion – sliced
- 2 carrots – sliced
- 2-3 stalks of celery – sliced
- 1 cup of short cut pasta or rice (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Fresh cracked pepper to taste
Take a large pot and place the leg quarters in it and covering it with water about, 6-8 cups. Bring up to boil with bay leave, garlic and ginger.
Once boiling, bring down to a low simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, until the chicken is fork tender. Take the chicken out of the water, let cool and shred or chop, discarding the skin.
Place the chicken back in with the vegetables and rice or pasta. Simmer again until the vegetables are tender, yet still firm.
TIP: This soup is great using left over rotisserie chicken!
For a quicker soup, use rotisserie chicken and replace the water with low-sodium chicken broth to get the long simmering taste.