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This recipe was inspired by Extra Yarn. To learn more about the book and to see all our Extra Yarn activities, click here

It's a Snow Day today, and the picture outside my window is not unlike that of the snowy town featured in Extra Yarn. Snow Days (capitalized, of course, to emphasize their excitement) mean only one thing: Tomato Soup (with maybe a grilled cheese) and hot chocolate. Today, that tomato soup takes form in Yarn Soup. 

Yarn Soup might sound odd for the name of a soup, but if you can have Stone Soup, why not Yarn Soup?  It's easy to imagine that the strands of spaghetti swimming around with all the other usual soup ingredients like carrots, peas, and corn, are magically transformed into bits of yarn. This would be especially fun, and more like the yarn in the book, with some tri-color spaghetti.

There isn't really much for kids to do during the making of this soup, but it comes together so quickly that they won't mind watching. The fun in this recipe is all in the eating. How would you eat this soup: fork or spoon? 



Yarn Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 ounces dry whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 12-ounce package mixed vegetables (we used the mix of peas, corn, carrots and green beans, but use your favorite)
  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Finely chop onion and saute in hot oil until softened, 3-4 minutes. 
  2. Stir in tomato juice and water and bring to a boil. 
  3. Add spaghetti and vegetables. Return to a boil and cook for about 13 minutes, until pasta is tender. 



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