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Scrabble Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.


12 servings (3 quarts)

Many games involve letters, so I thought alphabet soup would be ideal to serve at my theme party, which included an evening of playing board games and cards. I concocted the hearty soup using ingredients I had on hand.
Scrabble Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup each chopped celery, carrot, turnip and potato
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked alphabet pasta


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add water, vegetables and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Add pasta; simmer for 15 minutes or until the pasta and vegetables are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 153 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • mrscessna
    Dec 19, 2020

    this soup is simple and versatile but has a great flavor! I've made it many times.

  • LizM
    Jul 26, 2020

    Scrabble - don't really love the game, but I sure love this soup! I am responsible for cooking for two of us plus my elderly parents, so I really like easy recipes that everybody loves and that give us good leftovers for lunch. This is perfect. It is a one dish meal with mostly pantry ingredients and of course the vegetables can be changed as needed. I use ground turkey and chicken broth, with some soy sauce (for extra umami). I also use ditalini instead of alphabet pasta, because it is by far our favorite soup pasta. This went into our regular winter recipe rotation after one taste.

  • MommaBear1
    May 6, 2013

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