Minestrone Soup

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I don’t like Minestrone soup.  Or at least I used to think I didn’t like it.  Reality is I had only ever had it out of a can.  First time I tried it homemade, I was hooked.  It was full of veggies and flavor and didn’t even compare to the canned version.  I’ve come to this conclusion- any kind of homemade soup is good!  Stop buying cans – start making soup!  Now – just do it ok?

One of the things I love about making soup is you always make a big batch so there are lots of leftovers.  Most of the soups I make freeze well so that’s a double win.

This soup can be adjusted to anyone’s tastes – if you don’t like a particular veggie – leave it out.  If you’re out of something – don’t worry about it.  If you’ve got a lot of a certain veggie in the fridge you want to use, toss it in there.  It’s pretty much one of those anything goes type of soups.  I add ground beef so it’s a bit more filling.  I also use potatoes instead of pasta – but a lot of people use pasta in theirs and I’m sure it’s equally delicious.  I used garbanzo beans and pinto beans because it’s what I happened to have.  You can really use anything, it’s just going to add heartiness to the soup.

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Hearty Minestrone Soup
Print Recipe
A hearty, filling minestrone soup recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Hearty Minestrone Soup
Print Recipe
A hearty, filling minestrone soup recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven. Saute onions, garlic, celery, carrots, green beans for 5-6 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes (in juice), tomato paste, beans, water and spices.
  3. Bring to a poil, reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 20 minutes.
  4. Add diced potoato and pasta (if using), cover and simmer for 20 minutes (or until potato and pasta is cooked through).
  5. Meanwhile, saute ground beef.
  6. Add ground beef and spinach leaves, simmer (uncovered) for 5 minutes.
  7. Top with fresh parmesan cheese.

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