Alphabet Pasta Soup and Meatballs

Nothing screams 90’s nostalgia more than a can of Alphabet soup. With a close second being kool-aid and jello.

We wanted to recreate that feeling of looking for your name in a bowl of alphabet soup for our own kids (and grown-up kids too!). And it ended up being pretty healthy too!

PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
YIELD: 4-5 servings


  • 3 tbsp olive oil or plant-based butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 (5.5oz/156ml) can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 cups no-chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ pkg Butcher's Select Mmm Meatballs
  • 1 ½ cups alphabet pasta
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds


  1. In a medium sized pot over medium high heat, add olive oil or butter. Once hot add onions, and garlic. Saute for 8-10 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add tomato paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, cook pasta according to package instructions.
  4. Into the tomato paste mixture, add sugar, nutritional yeast, coconut milk, and broth. Mix well and bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roll each meatball into 4 mini meatballs and add into the soup. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add pasta and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  7. Stir in hemp seeds, if using, and serve.

Alpahbet Pasta & Meatballs

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