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Everything Soup

Serves 4

This recipe was inspired by Rach’s Italian Alphabet Soup, but Calista wanted to add even more stuff to it.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup tomato or marinara sauce
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup alphabet pasta
  • 1 chunk of rind from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots or 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon EVOO in a medium size skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and half of the chopped onion to the pan and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. In a medium size soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat. Add the garlic and the remaining onion and cook, stirring now and then, for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, then slowly pour in the chicken stock. Bring the soup to a boil, then stir in the pasta and cheese rind. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the pasta letters are just tender, 6-7 minutes.
  3. 2-3 minutes before the pasta is done, add the vegetables of your choice, a little salt and pepper and the ground meat. Cool a few spoonfuls of soup and check the taste to see if it needs extra pepper or a little salt. Discard the cheese rind and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Yum-o! The Family Cookbook.