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Homestyle Minestrone Soup

Homestyle Minestrone Soup created by lauralie41

This soup is so hearty and filling, but very healthy and low cal! We gobbled this up in two days! I chose not to add any pasta-the potatoes giving enough starch for me. If I decided to add 1 1/2 cups small pasta, i think i would cook it half-way, then add it at last 10 minutes and possibly add another 1/4 cup of water. This can also be made vegetarian by omitting the ground chuck. Enjoy!!!

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  • 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!
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"This soup is so hearty and filling, but very healthy and low cal! We gobbled this up in two days! I chose not to add any pasta-the potatoes giving enough starch for me. If I decided to add 1 1/2 cups small pasta, i think i would cook it half-way, then add it at last 10 minutes and possibly add another 1/4 cup of water. This can also be made vegetarian by omitting the ground chuck. Enjoy!!!"
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  1. Dont Call Me Martha
    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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  2. RussianMama
    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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  3. Debbiekitchenwench
    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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  4. lauralie41
    Homestyle Minestrone Soup Created by lauralie41
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  5. lauralie41
    Homestyle Minestrone Soup Created by lauralie41
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