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Forgotten Minestrone Recipe

Forgotten Minestrone Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without cheese): 202 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 661mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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hardtouse User ID: 3390334 257926
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"I have made this soup many times and it is delicious every time. It has become one of my "go to" recipes that the whole family loves"

janma User ID: 4069782 6765
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

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

Dawn Humphreys User ID: 5175289 8148
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012 Edited Jan. 17, 2017

"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!"

Sweetpgrl8 User ID: 1429015 6134
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."

kellori114 User ID: 1072564 5257
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

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

suzymerritt User ID: 2049153 2554
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

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

bbetsannyahoo User ID: 3720357 5255
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"Great soup for a winter day. The cheese finishes it off nicely. First time making it and would definitely make again. I don't add the pasta thou to any finished recipe with sauce/broth. Add the pasta to the dish as I serve."

tinkaandme User ID: 1650238 6144
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2008

"This soup is definitely worth the effort. The beef cooks up very tender. I do not use the bouillon and yet it is very tasty. Better than the soup you can get in restaurants!"

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