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Delicious Minestrone Soup
Italian "Big Soup"
Minestrone soup originated in Italy. The word minestrone derives from the word "minestra" which means to dish up or serve. To most Italians, minestrone is synonymous with "big soup" full of so many goodies. Minestrone is typically packed full of vegetables, beans, and pasta with a delicious tomato base. Give this delicious and hearty soup a try with a side of soda or oyster crackers. It can be a delicious first course or a light supper.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 1 cup raw potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup raw carrots, cubed
- 2 1/2 cups canned tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup pasta, (I like penne or shells but any small variety will do)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 qt. water
- 1/4 cup parmesian cheese, shreds
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Italian spices, dried
- 1 can kidney beans, light, drained
- Brown the ground beef and onions in a large soup pot. Drain the excess grease off.
- Add potatoes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and water. Bring to a boil.
- Add the pasta and the spices. Cover the pot and simmer on medium heat for 2 to 3 hours. Cook until all the vegetables are done.
- Serve with topped with parmesian cheese and croutons. Can also serve with crackers, grilled cheese sandwiches, or in a bread bowl. Delicious, Enjoy!