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Italian Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Italian Vegetable Beef Soup

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Reviewed May. 9, 2016

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

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."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

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

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!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

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

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