With another of my thrift store cookbook finds, The Fix-It and Forget-It Kids' Cookbook, I found a pretty simple Alphabet Soup recipe. I had some pasta stars leftover from another dish, so I decided to go with that instead in this simple slow cooker tomato soup. I also swapped in minced onion for onion soup mix and TVP for stew meat. This simple tomato vegetable soup is great fun for the kids to help make and enjoy the stars (or letters). We've had a lot of colds lately, so this comforting and fun soup has been great for the kids. And they so love to help make it!
Slow Cooker Tomato Soup with Pasta Stars
1/4 cup TVP (or lentils or ground beef substitute)
14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 cups frozen vegetable blend
1/2 cup uncooked star or alphabet pasta
In a 4 quart slow cooker, add all ingredients except pasta. Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
Add pasta and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes. Serve.
Instant Pot Method
Place all ingredients except pasta in instant pot.
Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
Allow pressure to release naturally.
Add pasta and cook on saute mode on high for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.