Beef Minestrone Recipe

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This recipe pleasantly proves that decreasing fat intake doesn't mean saying farewell to ground beef's full-bodied flavor. This soup is sure to be a hit in your home.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 141 calories, 7g fat (0g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 11g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1 meat 1 vegetabl


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain. Add next 11 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Beef Minestrone in Country Woman September/October 1995, p36

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