Alphabet Beef Vegetable Soup

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All of us had an alphabet soup that we ate for lunch as children. It was always fun to find the letters and maybe play a game of “soup Scrabble” with your siblings. This slow-cooker version of alphabet soup is filled with beef, vegetables, and, of course, lots of alphabet noodles in a tomato-based beef broth. So sharpen up your vocabulary skills because this soup will have you playing with your food!

1½ pounds beef sirloin, cut into ½-inch pieces

1½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 medium carrots, finely chopped

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce

3 cups beef broth

2 cups chicken broth (see savvy)

4 ounces green beans, ends snipped, cut into 1-inch lengths

2 cups frozen petite peas, defrosted

2 cups frozen corn, defrosted

2 cups cooked alphabet noodles or other small pasta shapes

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sprinkle the beef with the salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the beef a few pieces at a time and brown on all sides. Transfer the browned beef to the insert of a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker. Add the onion and carrots to the same skillet and sauté until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes.

transfer the contents of the skillet to the slow-cooker insert and add the tomato sauce, beef broth, chicken broth, and green beans. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Remove the cover and add the peas, corn, and noodles.

cover and cook for an additional 45 minutes before serving.

serves 6–8

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