Minestrone Recipe
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Minestrone Recipe

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Vegetables and herbs fresh from my garden make this one of our favorite soups. This recipe makes a lot, so it's perfect for large gatherings or to freeze in smaller containers for fast meals.—Virginia Bauer, Botkins, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped onions
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1-1/2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup cut fresh green beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini or 4 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 209 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 538 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a stockpot, saute the onions, celery and parsley in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, cabbage, carrots, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir into soup along with the zucchini, beans and pasta. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender. Top each serving with cheese. Yield: 20 servings (5 quarts).
Originally published as Minestrone in Country Ground Beef 1993, p11

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 209 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 538 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 14 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

I love this soup! So healthy and yummy!

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Reviewed May. 26, 2013

My family loved this! In fact, my six year old had thirds and asked for this to go on his list of favs.

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

This was great! I made it for a sick friend, and it made so much we had some for our dinner too. We don't even like minestrone, and this soup converted us! I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef and added more stock. Will add more cabbage next time, too, since that was my favorite part!

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

Excellent recipe, good on a cold fall or winter day. My husband and children enjoy the soup. It is very hearty and filling, when completly cooked sometimes I need to even add 2 cans of V-8 juice to the soup to help thin it out. I do not even add hte salt, still very good. I get so many compliments on this recipe. It makes a large pot full and even freezes pretty good.

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

Awesome recipe. My children and hubby love this dish.

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