This soup is very filling and healthy. If possible use fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden. If you like, you can replace the kidney beans with cannelini beans.
classic minestrone, I changed the stewed tomatoes to whole cooked tomatoes amd hand crushed them. also used elbo maccaroni, and used garbonzo beans insted of kidney beans--next time I will presoak the beans, as they were a little chewy, and add the pasta last as it tends to dissintegrate after cooking long enough to make all the veggies as soft as I like( I also made about 34 quarts, so cooking time will be a little skewed) All in all everyone liked it , even my 16 year old who hates everything(including her parents). - 21 Feb 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
The flavor was quite good but I found that it was more like a stew then a soup. I would omit some of the cabbage and not so much corn the next time. My husband said it needed more of a meaty flavor, and he didn't like it at all. - 07 Jan 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I really enjoyed this healthy meal. It was more like a stew. I ended up using half of the veggies and an extra can of tomato's and half the orzo and it worked out really well. Very good meal for vegetarians or if your on a diet! - 19 Jan 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)