Classic tomato soup with alphabet pasta

I have already shared a tomato soup recipe, which contains vegetables and wide strip noodles.The following recipe is a kid-friendly version of tomato soup, which is a typical dish in Hungarian school canteens. It’s a very simple, but tasty food, which is made with roux, sugar and alphabet pasta. Alphabet pasta is a good way to entertain the little ones while stimulating their imagination and giving them their first introduction to the idea of reading.

Classic tomato soup with alphabet pasta
Classic tomato soup with alphabet pasta – photo:
Alphabet pasta – photo:


  • 1 tbsp lard
  • 1 heaping tbsp flour
  • 1 liter (~4 1/4 cups) tomato juice
  • 300-400 ml (~1 1/4 – 1 2/3 cups) water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1 small whole onion, peeled
  • 1 small slice of celeriac, peeled
  • 40 g (~1 1/2 oz) alphabet pasta

In a pot heat lard, add flour and make a blond roux. Pour in tomato juice and water, add a whole, peeled onion and a small slice of celeriac. While stirring constantly, bring the soup to a boil, then cook over low heat. Season with salt and sugar, and stir regularly. After 15 minutes add the alphabet pasta and cook for 5 more minutes until the pasta is tender. Turn off the heat and discard onion and celeriac. Serve hot.

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