Homestyle Minestrone Soup

Recipe by Cindy1
READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 15-20




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