This Alphabet Soup with Beef is comforting, hearty and delicious. The perfect meal on a cold Fall or Winter day.
When the summer comes to an end and the weather begins to change, I start craving foods that keep me warm, like soups and stews. There is an incredible variety of stews and soups in Colombian cuisine that I just love!
One of the soups that I have been craving lately is my mom's simple Sopa de Letras con Carne (Alphabet Soup). I grew up eating this soup, although as a child, I hated most soups. The only soup I ate without complaining was this alphabet soup. So, my mom made it at least once per week using different kind of meats.
Ingredients you'll need to make the best Alphabet Soup (Sopa de Letras)
This soup recipe is filled with vegetables, pasta, beef and spices. Everything you need in an filling and comforting soup. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
Beef: You can use chuck roast or any beef for stew cut into small pieces.
Aliños Sauce: Here is the link to make my recipe for Colombian aliños a seasoning paste made with onions, scallions, garlic, bell pepper, cumin and color.
Vegetables: I used peas and diced carrots for this alphabet soup recipe, but feel free to add green beans or your favorite vegetables to this soup.
Pasta: This soup is made with a pasta that is shaped with the letters of the alphabet. But feel free to use any small pasta if you don't find it.
Spices: Cumin and color or achiote to give a beautiful color to the soup.
Herbs: I like to add cilantro to garnish my soups, but if you are not a fan, just replace it with fresh parsley.
Alphabet Soup Recipe
- 1 pound of beef for stew diced
- 8 cups water
- ½ cup aliños sauce
- ½ cup diced carrots
- ½ cup peas
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Achiote or color
- ½ cup dried alphabet pasta
- 5 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime and avocado for serving
- Place the beef in a medium pot and add the water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the pasta and cilantro.
- Cook for about 45 minutes or until beef is completely tender. Add the pasta and cilantro to the soup. Cook for about 8 minutes more. Serve hot with lime and avocado on the side.
This alphabet soup is cozy and comforting, easy and crowd-pleasing. This is one of those soups you just can’t stop eating. I like to served it with lime and avocado on the side.
If you have kids, I highly recommend this soup. It is easy to make and incredibly delicious. I used beef this time, but you could also use chicken, pork, or even chick peas, white beans or tofu for a vegetarian version.
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