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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!

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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

Directions

  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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Reviews

Caroline O.
2
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.

thebonster
1
4/17/2013

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

c3veggies
1
2/21/2013

I made it vegetarian. Left out the meat and added a can of white kidney beans. I also used veg broth to replace the chicken broth. And it was still very flavorful!