Minestrone Soup

Oops, remember how I was going to share all my favorite soup recipes? What a maroon I am. While I do so love soup and I do love to share, I get easily distracted these days.

So, I’ve added meatball minestrone soup before, but this is a different recipe. I like the ground beef in it. Big chunks of meat are not my favorite. If you use the ground beef, you get beef in every bite.

In a large fry pan, brown with olive oil:

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 bunch fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, whole
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

Sauté until meat is done.

While the meat cooks, in a large soup pot, combine the following ingredients.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.

  • 1 15 ounce chopped diced canned tomatoes
  • 1 can each Kidney, garbanzo, butter, drained
  • 2 cans green beans
  • 4 cans of beef broth
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato paste
  • Fresh veggies:  sliced zucchini, carrots, spinach mushrooms, whatever

Add meat mixture to simmering veggie mixture.  Cook with lid on for approximately 1 hour.  Add pasta when serving. I used elbow macaroni. I’m not a huge tortellini fan, but any pasta will work.

***** From the Recipe Box:

I like soup a little brothier than most, so I often add twice the broth. And yes, brothier is a word.

My boss made this every year to serve to the Business Office staff, yes, all 100 + of us.  What a woman.  She added tortellini when she added the meat.  Tortellini got way too soggy for me.  I cook my pasta separately and add it to the soup when I serve it.  You can use any pasta, but store it separately or every bit of broth will disappear.  I’m making the slurping sound of disappearing broth as I type.

and remember: Half of life is fucking up and the other half is dealing with it. Big kiss, Lynn

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