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    Homestyle Minestrone Soup

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    50 mins

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    Cindy1's Note:

    This soup is so hearty and filling, but very healthy and low cal! We gobbled this up in two days! I chose not to add any pasta-the potatoes giving enough starch for me. If I decided to add 1 1/2 cups small pasta, i think i would cook it half-way, then add it at last 10 minutes and possibly add another 1/4 cup of water. This can also be made vegetarian by omitting the ground chuck. Enjoy!!!

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    1. 1
      Browning ground chuck and seasonings in a medium-large frying pan, drain and set aside.
    2. 2
      Simmer the kidney beans in a small sauce pan (The beans will crack open in about 20 minutes).
    3. 3
      Chop, then saute the fresh vegetables in the olive oil, using a large stew pot, covered (about an 8 qt pot would be perfect).
    4. 4
      When the onions and celery are somewhat clear, add the water, potatoes, and seasonings to the stew pot.
    5. 5
      Cook on high heat til it comes to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium, cover and slowly boil for 8 minutes, or until the carrots are done.
    6. 6
      Add the cabbage and let it cook, covered, for another 5-8 minutes, or until the potatoes seem to be half-cooked.
    7. 7
      Add the ground chuck, kidney beans, and the remaining ingredients, bring to bubbling, then simmer for 10-15 minutes more, or until potatoes are done.
    8. 8
      Don't allow the potatoes to cook too much or they will just fall apart.
    9. 9
      Serve steaming hot with crackers& crusty buttered bread.
    10. 10
      Sprinkle some parmesean cheese ontop, if you want.
    11. 11
      For all you vegetarians, simply omit the ground chuck, cut down 1- 1/2 cups of water and I think it would taste great!
    12. 12
      I hope you all enjoy my soup!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 08, 2002


      This soup is absolutely wonderful and even better the next day and the next day...and you get the idea. I omitted the potatoes and used a box of Orzo pasta (I think 16oz.). Do not forget the parm. cheese, it makes it. My family loved it;husband, daughters ages 9&6. Will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing.

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    • on October 23, 2011


      This is a delicious soup, although I am not sure how healthy 1/3 lb of beef for each serving is. I used 3 lbs of gr chuck and it was PLENTY meaty and my gang likes thick hearty soup.

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    • on June 04, 2010


      Made with what I had and your inspiration. Didnt have: spaghetti sauce, carrots, cabbage or kidney beans. Instead I used: chopped spinach, garbanzo beans and 1# beef w/ chicken broth and water. So, different but definitely inspired by you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Homestyle Minestrone Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (252 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 143.4
    Calories from Fat 18
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.3 mg
    Sodium 685.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    Sugars 7.3 g
    Protein 5.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lean ground chuck

    italian seasoning

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