Mama's Hearty Minestrone

Mama's Hearty Minestrone

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"I concocted this dish using my family's recipe and another recipe I found online as guidelines, while also putting my own spin on it. What it turned into was the best minestrone my family has had yet! My husband likes his soups with hardly any broth; thus, 'hearty minestrone!' Enjoy!"

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 237 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 237 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.5g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 14.7 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 736 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add ground beef; cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Transfer ground beef mixture to an 8-quart stockpot; add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until carrots are partially cooked, 10 minutes. Add zucchini, bell pepper, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper; simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 more minutes.
  3. Stir broccoli and macaroni into soup; simmer until macaroni is cooked through but firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan cheese to serve.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You really can use any combination of vegetables you'd like besides the carrots and zucchini. Usually celery, spinach, and green beans are also used in minestrone, but I didn't have them when I made this recipe, so I just used broccoli. The best thing about soups is you totally have options!
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Caroline O.
5/19/2014

Delicious! It is thick enough that in stretching it (by adding more pasta and chicken broth to make it more soup-y) for our large family of 8, it still maintained its rich, tomato taste. I love the fact that I can use whatever veggies I have on hand and it works well. I have had my share of bland minestrones before, so glad to find one so easy and full of flavor.

stacyhope
1/27/2015

It was fantastic, only thing we changed was omitting the green pepper.

thebonster
4/17/2013

this was really good. i wouldn't change a thing!