Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is my Mom's recipe. Very easy, very good. I had a successful mail-order business years ago packaging the spices, pasta, cheese and recipe. The veggie measurements are "guesstimates" as I don't usually measure! I also vary the veggies according to what I have on hand - the only thing I've ever used that didn't work was beets.This also freezes well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil pasta according to package directions, drain.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion.
  3. Add potato, carrot, corn, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, water, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, basil and thyme.
  4. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 1 hour or more.
  5. Add pasta.
  6. Serve with fresh grated cheese.
  7. Better the next day, so make ahead if you can.
Most Helpful

This soup is so good and filling. This is what I'm having for lunch, so I didn't try it with parmesan cheese. I omitted the potato. I added more cabbage. Thanks davianng :) Made for PRMR tag game

Boomette February 16, 2011

I'm not much for eating cooked spinach, but my other half is, & so I made this & pretty much followed the recipe right on down, especially knowing that it freezes well! The one thing I made sure to do was to chop the spinach quite small & cut the amount back a little! I thought the minestrone was very tasty, & my other half thought it OUTSTANDING, so there you go! I'm not sure that I'd change a thing when I make it again! Thanks for posting the recipe! [Tagged & made for Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike December 13, 2010