Not only is this pasta fun…it is also healthy and yummy! (Hear the enthusiasm. See the raised eyebrows and cheesy grin.) They are not expensive (when you’re talking about organic vegetable pasta that is)…and they were VERY easy to make. We got TWO meals out of this little box of Vegetable Alphabets. I NEVER get two meals out of one box of pasta.
Here’s how we enjoyed this Vegetable Alphabet Pasta:
1 pound beef soup bones
1 small onion
10 cups water
1 box vegetable alphabet pasta
Boil beef soup bones, onions and carrots and water all morning (at least three hours) in a pot to make broth. Remove bones from broth. Pour in the pasta and sprinkled in quite a bit of sea salt. Boil the pasta in the broth for about 10 minutes, then lunch is served!
The kids loved it! Here’s one meal I actually allowed them to play with their food. If you look real close at the picture below, you’ll see that Asa stuck his name on the edge of the bowl.
The best part of this meal? I decided to surprise the kids with my homemade pretzels made into letters too!! It was one word filled lunch!
You’ve gotta love a personalized pretzel.
Elias was trying out my camera while I made the pretzels. So here we have the Headless Homemaker…
We filled up on the Alphabet Soup at lunch…then I used the leftovers to make this Alphabet Casserole:
3 cups alphabet pasta cooked in beef broth (most of the broth should be absorbed in the pasta)
1 pound ground beef, browned with onion
1 cup sour cream
sea salt to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Stir together the pasta, meat and sour cream. Salt generously. Spread into a casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
Both the soup and the casserole were very yummy! (Um, if I do say so myself.)
And, I’m not totally sure about this…but I think we were all just a little smarter after we ate these meals. At least our vocabulary was enhanced.
Really. (Absolutely.) (Without a Doubt.) (Enormously.)