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Minestrone Recipe

Minestrone Recipe

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 YIELD:20 servings


  • 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 beef
  • 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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 209 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 538mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.

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Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 267657
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

"Good hearty soup. I prefer a stronger herb flavor, so I added more basil, garlic, and Italian seasoning, salt & pepper. It was very thick, so I also added 1 /2 c water when all the ingredients were preparing to cook at the end. Still was very thick and good flavor"

Gigi User ID: 9056325 260401
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Great recipe! Everyone loved it!! A couple changes I made; I used a large can of diced tomatoes, no cabbage, a whole zucchini, 8 cups of beef broth and used 6 pieces of crumbled bacon instead of ground beef. Next time I won't use a 1/4 cup of oil as it just didn't need that much."

nannaboo User ID: 1460214 255624
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"We loved this soup, but made a few changes according to our taste. Did not add cabbage or leeks, used kidney beans, and added about 1 to 1.5 cups more broth. Husband and I both loved it. Will be added to our regular menu - we both love soup for our evening meal with salad and fresh bread. Since it is just the two of us, divided the left over into freezer containers. Try this one - perfect as written!"

gaylean93 User ID: 8848447 247701
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"I used two cans of white beans instead of the other beans, no cabbage, or green beans and I added a little wine and three bay leaves. It came out perfect. I was shocked how much flavor it had. It needs more liquid though."

Magnaglow User ID: 8777201 244184
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"Absolutely wonderful soup! I didn't have any cabbage but it's great without it! I had to thin it out some with about 3 cups of broth and tomato juice. Still very hearty. Used mini shells and I can't say enough good things about it!!!!!' Freezes great too!"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 237801
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"Really good. I threw in a bunch of extra stuff to account for all the stuff that I didn't have on hand and it still turned out delicious! Even my husband and 2 year old loved it!"

sbrody41 User ID: 8060537 74147
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"Delicious. I mixed lean ground beef with pork sausage (cut from the casings) and the whole family loved it. I also used mini shells for the pasta and loved the look and taste. I must admit, I am not sure how this is supposed to make 20 servings. I made this for Sunday dinner, feeding 6 adults and two children, and we barely had enough leftover to make one bowl of soup the next day for lunch. Granted, I used BIG bowls to serve the soup in, so that might have something to do with it. ;)"

Deder100 User ID: 6843736 18540
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."

Cblume User ID: 4678501 20501
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!"

wtigers814 User ID: 4557468 40756
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."

Christy C User ID: 2092698 45033
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"Awesome recipe. My children and hubby love this dish."

tammygilbert User ID: 5118505 41843
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"My whole family loved this recipe...that includes a 4 year old. I will definitely be making this again."

Kensmoma User ID: 1059460 44441
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"We really enjoyed this soup. I made a couple of changes...used sliced polished sausage for part of the meat, and I had to add quite a bit more broth and salt, as it was very stewlike. Tasted great!"

PattyClick User ID: 588934 44434
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"This is so good and makes a great meal. The best minestrone I have ever tasted."

Kensmoma User ID: 1059460 15011
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"Any suggestions on what I can substitute for the cabbage and garbanzo beans? Don't happen to have them right now."

PattyClick User ID: 588934 20500
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"This is so good. It was better than I ever expected. It is delicious. With a salad and bread, it is a full meal."

Mamasuejean User ID: 1786018 18539
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"This soup has excellent flavor. I did make a couple of changes. I skipped the canola oil because I sauteed the onions, celery and garlic with the hamburger, eliminating the need for oil. I used canned cut beans as I didn't have fresh or frozen. I also added an extra can of tomatoes because it was so thick, and my husband doesn't like thick soup. It was so nice to have a large amount for the group I was preparing it for. I will make it when our family gets together again."

nancylking User ID: 4060608 40739
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Best minestrone soup I've ever had. My family requests if often."

SAMMYSUE1975 User ID: 4108299 41841
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I made this for my family and we loved it. My kids are kind of picky about eating vegetables and they gobbled this up. Very flavorful and I will make it again."

coolmammie User ID: 1099475 40726
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"This was great and my family just loved it."

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