Maggie's Minestrone Soup

"This is absolutely delicious on a cold winter day & one of my favourite soups! (Sometimes I add some baby spinach leaves during the last 5 minutes).I'm enjoying a mug-full as I type this."
 
Maggie's Minestrone Soup created by CountryLady
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
Ingredients:
17
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Heat butter & oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add next 5 ingredients & saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add broths, seasonings, tomatoes & zucchini and simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Add beans & spaghetti and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • Garnish each serving with a shaving of fresh Parmesan.

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  1. ItalianMomof2
    Delicious. I used a pound of bottom round, but into bite size pieces and simmered covered for one hour before adding 1/2 cup Ditini pasta. DELICIOUS and easy! Thanks for the recipe
     
  2. TishT
    I made some slight modifications but stuck to the basic recipe. At step 2, I added the carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes (no leeks on hand so not added) - did not really measure and probably doubled in some cases. Add next 5 ingredients & saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. I didn't have chicken broth so added bouillon to approx. 3 cups of water with the beef broth. I did not add salt and pepper and it didn't really needed it...but I'd suggest taste testing based on the broth you use :). I like a more "bonded" soup so I simmered for about 3 hours before adding beans (only lightly rinsed). After about 30 minutes I added ditali pasta and let that go for 15 minutes. The taste was restaurant quality!
     
  3. sheepdoc
    This was good, but a little too much fat. I boiled the ribs from Christmas prime rib for the stock so there was some fat in there too. I used 6 cups of that not half beef, half chicken. Also used 3 green onions instead of leeks and chopped up the little bit of meat off the bones and added that. No zucchini. I broke the spaghettis into about 1" pieces but it was too weird. I think a more substantial pasta would be better, bow ties, maybe.
     
  4. sheepdoc
    This was good, but a little too much fat. I boiled the ribs from Christmas prime rib for the stock so there was some fat in there too. I used 6 cups of that not half beef, half chicken. Also used 3 green onions instead of leeks and chopped up the little bit of meat off the bones and added that. No zucchini. I broke the spaghettis into about 1" pieces but it was too weird. I think a more substantial pasta would be better, bow ties, maybe.
     
  5. AshyBrian
    I liked it.
     

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