Forgotten Minestrone Recipe
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Forgotten Minestrone Recipe

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Free-lance writer Marsha Ransom of South Haven, Michigan can be composing an article while her full-flavored soup is simmering. "I sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread," she reports.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without cheese) equals 202 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 661 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable 1 starch


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Add the zucchini, cabbage, beans and macaroni; cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until macaroni and vegetables are tender. Sprinkle servings with cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Forgotten Minestrone in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p23

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"Love it. Had to substitute beans for the garbanzo as my husband thinks he doesn't like them."

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I had seen all the negative reviews, but still thought the overall recipe was good. Substituted beef broth and cannelini beans and it was wonderful!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"I have been wanting to make th is recipe for years. First, I didn't add all 28 oz of canned tomatoes, I added one 14.5 oz of canned tomatoes, and added about 14 oz chicken broth. I didn't like the zucchini or the chick peas that it called for, and instead would have added potatoes. Other than that my kids really enjoyed it, especially my 2 year old daughter."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"I didn't enjoy this recipe at all, too "herby" for my taste."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"This soup was very good. I like all the veggies in it. Better the next day."

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