There was a time... back in the day... when my kids liked this better than the stuff that came in cans from the store... It's fairly quick and very inexpensive if you get your alphabet noodles from the bulk food section. Makes a big batch. This isn't an original-to-me recipe, but I can't begin to remember where I found it, it's been in my collection for so long. Give it a try- start about an hour before you want to feed the kids.
5 cups colds water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup uncooked alphabet noodle pasta
1 - 5 1/2 oz (156 ml) can tomato paste
1/2 cup milk
1- 2 tablespoons sugar ( to taste)
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add bouillon cubes and noodles. Stir until bouillon cubes are dissolved and foam disappears.
Partially cover saucepan and simmer until noodles are tender, (about 40 minutes). Add tomato paste, milk and sugar, stirring well to blend.
Remove from heat, cover saucepan and let stand for 15 minutes (mixture will thicken slightly)
Makes 4- 6 servings