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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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Melissa30 April 08, 2002

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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Don't Call Me Martha October 23, 2011

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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RussianMama June 04, 2010

WOW, Easy to make and great tasting . Finally a minestone that tastes like sweet home Chicago . Used pasta instead of potatoes and all dried herbs with home made spaghetti sauce.( I used the recipe from this site for that also . It was Mama I something .) served with salad and Emrils garlic bread. Thanks so verrrry much . My taste buds are in heaven Debbie

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Debbiekitchenwench December 01, 2006

Wonderful hearty soup, one that is very good today and even better tommorow! I did not find the Ragu spaghetti sauce so I used Hunt's and matchstick carrots instead of sliced. This soup would also be great without the ground chuck. Sprinkled parmesan cheese on before serving...YUM!

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lauralie41 May 25, 2006

I first used this recipe almost a year ago, and should have reviewed sooner. It has become our favorite "vegetable" soup. I had everything but the ragu sauce, but can't imagine it being any better than it is. Will always make it exactly like printed except for sauce.

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MacV October 09, 2004
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