It’s Not Campbell’s: Homemade Gluten-Free Alphabet Soup

by lydia on January 16, 2016

Did you grow up on Campbell’s Alphabet soup out of a can like I did?

Having fond memories of this soup as a part of my childhood, I wanted to recreate that for my kids, only in a much healthier version. If you look at the old Campbell’s Alphabet Soup label you will quickly see some yucky ingredients (especially if you are a health conscientious person). The monosodium glutamate (MSG) alone is enough reason to reconsider and make your own at home. I promise it’s super simple.


It took me awhile to find a gluten-free pasta that I was happy with. For years there was not one, then finally one day I found a Non-GMO corn alphabet pasta. I had written to the company many years ago asking them to consider it. It goes to show that if we speak up, we can make a change. I’m assuming I wasn’t the only healthy momma who did the very same thing.

Gluten Free Alphabet Pasta

The one I buy is called Sam Mills Gluten-Free Alphabet Pasta (see above photo).  I get it at my local health food store. We probably have this soup a few times in the winter, so I usually just buy one or two bags and stretch it over several batches of soup. It’s exorbitantly expensive on Amazon; otherwise, I would like it here. If you are not gluten-free, Eden has a good organic alphabet pasta.

Homemade Alphabet Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Lunch or Dinner
  • 5 cups of homemade beef or chicken bone broth (see recipes below)
  • 1 cup of alphabet pasta
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or 3 Tbsp. tomato paste mixed with broth to make 1 cup, add seasonings to taste
  • 1 parmesan cheese wedge
  • 1 cup of cooked or frozen mixed veggies of your choice (such as peas, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini)
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasonings to taste
  1. Bring stock, tomato sauce and seasonings to boil in pot
  2. Add the pasta, and parmesan wedge to the pot
  3. Reduce to simmer until pasta is cooked through (about 10 minutes). Make sure you have already cooked or steamed veggies (or frozen veggies) before you add them to your soup at the end. Very simple and pretty nourishing, especially if you are using homemade bone broth (see recipe below).
  4. Top with grated parmesan cheese, and add a hunk of butter in the finished soup for a silky smooth and even more nourishing soup. Two out of four of my kids love this soup! Give it a try sometime and enjoy!!

I love that this recipe gets some nourishing broth into my kids, and they happily take this soup in a thermos as their lunch for school.

Check Out Some of My Broth Recipes:

Are you new to making homemade nourishing broths and want some guidance on how to make this a healthy part of your regular diet? Check out The Vibrant Health podcast on Bone Broth with my colleague Craig Fear, of Fearless Eating. Also, he has created a wonderful, simple course called, ‘How To Make Bone Broth 101.’

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Kelly April 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I grew up on Campbell’s alphabet soup with a PB & J sandwich. But this homemade version sounds delicious!

lydia April 3, 2016 at 9:12 am

Ha ha -so did I 😉 The homemade version is SO much more satiating and nourishing!

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