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

Recipe Summary

Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Stir in zucchini, spinach, pasta, garbanzo beans and parsley. Cook for 15 minutes and serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

387 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 43.9g; fat 17.4g; cholesterol 34.1mg; sodium 1633.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2003
This is a favorite in our household--we've tried lots of other minestrone recipes before, but none as delicious as this! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/31/2003
This recipe makes a lot of soup! I used a 6 1/2 quart stock pot, and it was almost to the rim. If you choose this recipe be sure to fry the bacon, brown the hamburger, and chop the veggies ahead of time, so you can throw it all together before dinner. Otherwise you will be watching this pot for a while. Read More
(17)
68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
This is a favorite in our household--we've tried lots of other minestrone recipes before, but none as delicious as this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2004
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! Read More
(55)
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2014
Please be aware: to make this soup properly it is a lot of work! I used a inner ham bone for stock and then added the can of Beef stock. It is delicious but I suggest somewhat more italian herbs because it was kind of flat. Make sure you buy fresh parmesan cheese not the prefab stuff. It makes a huge difference. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2008
I made the soup exactly as written. The flavor s absolutely wonderful and it's chock full of goodies! However, it does make quite a large quantity. I went through two crock pots, finally putting everything in my largest stock pot, before I found something that would contain all of the ingredients. Unless you've got a stock pot, as opposed to a standard dutch oven, the quantity as written might create a headache. Tasty, but a headache. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2008
Pretty good! I however had to alter the recipe just slightly. 6 slices of bacon 1 cup of cooked ground beef 4 carrots 4 stalks of celery 1/2 onion 2 zucchinis 1 (10.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes 1 can (10.5 oz) of water 2 cans chicken broth 1 package of onion soup and 2 tbsp of savoury seasoning! Simmered for an hour and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/31/2003
This recipe makes a lot of soup! I used a 6 1/2 quart stock pot, and it was almost to the rim. If you choose this recipe be sure to fry the bacon, brown the hamburger, and chop the veggies ahead of time, so you can throw it all together before dinner. Otherwise you will be watching this pot for a while. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
My husband and stepdaughter are SO picky and they LOVE this soup. And it is even more flavorful after it sits in the pot for a couple of days! Enjoy!! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2002
Awesome!! My uncle and aunt, who are both 80, said it was the best minestrone soup they ever had!! Thanks Read More
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