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

This was a recipe I researched a great deal and basically concocted my own from varying ingredients. I basically puree the onion, carrot, and celery and it is used as a base which not only thickens, but adds all of the flavor. I have also used garlic, but it doesn't seem to add much unless you use a lot and I didn't want to overpower this already wonderful soup!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make sure first three ingredients are almost a paste.
  2. In a large pot, saute first three ingredients in butter or oil until very brown.
  3. Add all beans, remaining vegetables, and spices, both cans tomatoes, along with 3 quarts of vegetable broth.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, until everything is tender.
  6. 20 minutes before serving, add the macaroni and more broth, if necessary.
Most Helpful

Excellent! I food processed the first 3 ingredients and it thickened the soup slightly and gave it a lot of flavor. A blender would probably work too. I also substituted beef broth for a bit more heartier flavor. I didn't measure out the olive oil while I was browning the minced ingredients and just used enough to keep it from sticking. It's a very easy recipe and has been a hit in my house.

kristinbrandis January 06, 2009