Finally, the secret to making your kids eat vegetable soup

One of the best things about Winter is enjoying a wholesome and delicious cup of vegetable soup!

Prepping and adding all the ingredients to the pot is a laborious task but once the prep work is done, my home smells amazing! It’s also nice and warm from all the steam emitted by the pot bubbling on the stove.

Vegetable Soup

The only problem with making a fresh pot of vegetable soup is that, well, the kids won’t touch it.

It’s not like it’s NOT filled with all the healthy vegetable goodness their little bodies needs. It’s not like one cup will not only fill their tummies right up but also keep them warm from the inside. They simply refuse to have soup because:

  1. They swear they can taste the one single onion I put in the massive pot of soup.
  2. There’s stuff in the soup Mommy!” They are referring to the soup mix of barley, peas, etc.

Well tonight I’ve finally done it! I succeeded in discovering the secret that has alluded parents that have gone before me.

Alphabet pasta: The secret agent in vegetable soup

On a whim I tossed one handful of alphabet pasta into the pot just as I turned off the stove. I’d forgotten all about it until dinnertime when I dipped my spoon into my mug of soup.


I’d made Alex and Josh an altogether different meal for dinner which they had already eaten as I knew they would not be interested in having soup for dinner. When I noticed my numeral and alphabet characters floating around on the spoon I said in a really loud voice “Oh my! What happened to my soup! Where did this come from!“.

The kids immediately jumped up and came over to investigate and boy did they get excited! They started begging me (yes, you read right) to dish up some soup and I poured only a small bit into each of their cups expecting the usual response.

The kids devoured their vegetable soup

Much to my surprise they finished it all and wanted more! They finished the second cup too! It became a really fun game for them to compare their characters and show each other every single letters they were eating. The best part of all is that they also consumed the carrots, barley, chicken, peppers, squash and all the other wholesome goodness that had cooked in with the vegetable soup!

So next time you make a hot pot of vegetable soup and you’re met with the eye rolls, try a bit of alphabet pasta and watch the magic happen!

You’re welcome.

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Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. Pamela Overmeyer says:

    My kids cringe when there’s a cloud in the sky because they know what’s coming lol …. THE SOUP MONSTER!!!!!!!

  2. Sarah says:

    Love it! We definitely have to get creative when it comes to our kids sometimes!

  3. I laughed when I read this. I laughed because this is me. I’m far from being considered a kid any longer. However, as an adult, I detest vegetables…especially cooked vegetables. Maybe I should try some alphabet pasta.

  4. Fab idea

  5. Could do with a bowl of that now

  6. What a brilliant blog, great ways to get kids eating healthy foods. I remember telling my son when he was 8 and hated parsnips that the soup I had made was chicken, infact it was parsnip and apple – he loved it and still does….at 35 I think he’s forgiven me.

  7. Terri-Leigh says:

    haha – please tell me you have a cup saved for me too? 🙁

    I also want to read numbers and stuff in my soup!

    1. Maybe it will make you smarter?

      1. Pamela Overmeyer says:

        Sorry, it’s not what goes in your mouth that makes you smarter lol

  8. Such a clever idea – my boys both love soup while A does not particularly but she will eat it. We brought up the kids with onion and garlic from baby so they have no idea that not all people eat it in every single meal

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