Total Time
3hrs
Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs 15 mins

This is a delicious "meal in a bowl" minestrone soup. This version tastes better made a day or two ahead of time and then reheated. This recipe was submitted by a friend of my in a church cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan simmer the pepperoni, in water to cover, for 5 minues: drain off water.
  2. In large soup pot saute the pepperoni, onion and garlic in vegetable oil, stirring till veggies are clear.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, zucchini and cabbage.
  4. Cook and stir for 2- 3 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and juice, salt and beef broth, then add basil and thyme.
  6. Cover and simmer at least 2 hours.
  7. Taste soup and add water or more broth if needed, and correct seasoning.
  8. Add the drained beans for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
  9. This soup will be rather thick.
  10. Serve in soup bowls, topped with grated parmesan cheese.