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Emeril's First Alphabet Soup

  • Yield: 10 cups, serving 8 to 12


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 teaspoons Baby Bam
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup alphabet pasta


  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. � Add the onion, celery, carrots, and Baby Bam, and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. � Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. � Add the chicken stock, water, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir well and bring to a boil. � Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 35 minutes. � Add the alphabet pasta and stir well. Simmer until the pasta is cooked through, about 10 minutes. � Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the pot from the heat. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. � � You can use any small pasta shape for this soup�try orzo and stars, too!

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