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Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Here's the perfect summer-time soup to put all those fresh garden vegetables to good use! It's great for a light meal served with a salad and warm bread. Take it to a potluck and watch people go back for seconds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours YIELD:40 servings


  • 1 beef chuck roast (4 pounds)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes with liquid, cut up
  • 1 can (15-ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 packages (9-ounce each) frozen Italian or cut green beans
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas
  • 2 cans (15-1/2-ounce each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 boxes (7-ounce each) shell macaroni, cooked and drained
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Place beef roast, water and bay leaves in a large kettle or Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 3 hours. Remove meat from broth; cool. Add onions, carrots and celery to broth; cook for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; add to broth. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, seasonings, beans, peas and kidney beans. Cook until vegetables are done, about 10 minutes. Add macaroni and heat through. Remove bay leaves. Ladle into soup bowls; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 40 servings.

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S. Owens
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"Have been making this for a couple of years. My family loves it. I know it freezes well, but I'm going to try canning it this year."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"I have a recipe on my blog that is very similar and has helped me lose some weight! Flavorful yet healthy too! We need more like this."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"Wow. This is great. Just what I needed to freeze up my herbs that I grew over the summer."

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