Minestrone Soup II

    1 hour

    This is a wonderful minestrone soup that's filled with lots of vegetables. Feel free to add different vegetables or ingredients. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 slices smoked bacon
    • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 180g minced beef
    • 1 cup minced celery
    • 1 cup cubed carrots
    • 2 cups tomato puree
    • 2 (400g) cans stewed tomatoes
    • 1 (450ml) can beef broth
    • 1 (375ml) can condensed French onion soup
    • 5 cups (1.25litre) water
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) red wine
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried Italian basil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup chopped zucchini
    • 2 cups spinach, rinsed and sliced
    • 1 cup uncooked spinach pasta
    • 1 (400g) can chickpeas, drained
    • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon and drain off fat. Add onion, garlic, and beef. When onions are translucent, add celery, carrot, pureed tomatoes, whole tomatoes, broth, condensed soup, water, wine, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes.
    2. Stir in zucchini, spinach, pasta, chickpeas and parsley. Cook for 15 minutes and serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.

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    This is a favorite in our household--we've tried lots of other minestrone recipes before, but none as delicious as this!  -  23 Apr 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I tried this and it is marvelous! I am making it again today and instead of bacon I am using ham and turkey carcasses I saved in the freezer. I boil them (for at least 2hours slowly) and they make a rich broth from which to make this soup. Thanks Ms Satler for your recipe ideas!  -  21 Jan 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am about to make this soup again. I just decided to post a review and rating of this recipe because I thought it was a great and easy soup that anyone can prepare and serve with confidence. I really enjoyed making it and thought it made a really easy and enjoyable home cooked soup. Try it if you haven't!  -  01 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)