Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta shells
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
- 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Drain pasta and add to the pan; heat through.
Nutrition Facts1-1/2 cups: 324 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1427mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 10g fiber), 25g protein.
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Jun 14, 2018
I made this today for lunch. It was very tasty. I had to make some changes to the recipe because of ingredients I had on hand. I had some leftover cooked Italian blend vegetables that I added towards the end since they were already cooked and I only had Italian seasoning blend, so I just used that. Also, I didn't have beef broth, so I used water with bouillon cubes. (I used 6 cubes) This was good, even though I didn't have any kidney beans. This is a recipe that you could fix with what you have on hand. I like that.
Feb 16, 2016
This is still simmering, but I tasted it and it's going to be a keeper. My tomato paste was too old, so I used a small can of tomato sauce. I only had 32 oz of beef stock, so used that amount. I don't like the texture of tomatoes, so used a large can of crushed tomatoes (which I figured made up for the "not quite enough" beef stock). I screwed up a week ago and ended up with some garbanzo beans and was going to use them, but chickened out and used kidney beans like the recipe calls for. It needed more salt, so I dumped in some garlic salt. 15 minutes isn't enough simmering time, the carrots aren't done. Next time I'll use canned mixed veggies - I don't like frozen green beans (texture issue again). I'm still giving it a "5" and will definitely make it again.
Dec 17, 2015
easy to make and easy on the budget
Nov 25, 2013
I made this tonight and it was really easy and good. I left out the tomato paste because my dad doesn't like too much tomato. Also, I used low sodium beef broth, so I needed to add more salt. I like the idea of adding garlic. I would also like to try it with fresh veggies when I have time to chop them. I used white beans because I like those better than kidney beans. All in all, this was a quick and easy dinner on a cold night. I think it would taste even better if I had time for it to simmer longer. I am looking forward to tomorrow's leftovers!
Jul 29, 2013
Pretty good and easy
Feb 19, 2013
Made this twice now and it is very good. The only thing i do differently is add about a half jar of pasta sauce to it and let it simmer for a couple hours to develop the flavors. I like that its so easy and i dont have to chop stuff!
Feb 3, 2013
I am a widow. My husband was the cook, I am not. When he passed, our daughter was just 22 months old. She is 7 now. I recently bought a whole bunch of taste of home cookbooks, wanting to teach myself for my daughters sake how to cook. This was the first recipe out of 8 books I just got I picked. Only thing I did different was not put the tomato paste in. I didn't measure. I eyeballed it. Used canned veggies, fresh carrots. BEST SOUP I never tasted! No joke. I am not even a soup person. But this, this is so good! Better then any resturaunt. A keeper!
Apr 26, 2012
This is the BEST minestrone soup recipe..hands down!
Sep 20, 2011
Brought this in to work and shared with my co workers. Great comfort food. Will make again and again!
Feb 9, 2011
Absolutely delicious and quick to make up. I loved the fact you could through your choice of veg in this. I cooked my pasta only until a la dente so it wouldn't get overly mushy when adding to the soup for the last few minutes of simmering time. Leftovers were even better!