Italian Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

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As a pastor's wife, I never miss a church supper. This vegetable-beef soup is my family's favorite. It's also a big favorite with the First Baptist Church "family" here in Alton! Sometimes, I will stir up a kettleful of soup at our local campground, too—it tastes wonderful indoors or out.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, undrained
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces, optional
  • 1/2 cup small elbow macaroni
  • Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 152 calories, 4g fat (0g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 776mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 12g protein .


  1. Brown beef in large heavy kettle; drain. Add all the ingredients except cabbage, green beans and macaroni. Bring to boil. Lower heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Add cabbage, green beans and macaroni; bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are tender. If you prefer a thinner soup, add additional water or broth. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Italian Vegetable Soup in Country Woman September/October 1989, p29

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Angel182009 248028
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Best vegetable soup recipe I've found! This will be a regular on our menu."

cdelcambre 241922
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Love this soup! I've been making it for my family and friends since the original publication in Country Woman back in 1989! A favorite go-to soup recipe."

lisa53202 22979
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"We enjoyed this---easy, tasty and nourishing."

KarenBrockelsby 50289
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Easily a family favorite and hearty enough to be the main dish. I use black beans instead of kidney beans and leave out the macaroni. I also use french cut green beans."

pardeemom 47419
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Excellent! My entire family loved it, even my picky 8 year old!"

jessie34 25077
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"This recipe is wonderful and easy! I omitted the kidney beans (my family isn't a big fan of kindey beans) and added prepared cheese tortellini on one occasion. Either way, it's delicious!"

panda.123abc 45395
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"I've made this many times - its a delicious soup that family and friends have enjoyed."

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