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Minestrone

418 Ratings: 1.8
Delicious Italian soup filled with veggies, tomatoes, and cheese.

Minestrone (Italian: minestra (soup) + -one (augmentative suffix) hence "the big soup", the one with many ingedients, is the name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients … see full wiki

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1 review about Minestrone

Triple Threat Soup

  • Dec 15, 2008
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+4
Healthy, cost-efficient and delicious is why I consider minestrone soup to be a triple threat.

First, let me share my recipe for it. Here's what you'll need:

1 14oz. can of stewed or chopped tomatoes
1 pkg of frozen vegetables (I prefer the Italian blend)
2 14oz. cans of either beef or chicken broth (big fan of beef for this)
1 diced onion
2 tbsps of olive oil
1 box of noodles (elbow works best)
2 14oz cans of beans (kidney is my favorite) drained
Italian seasonings to taste (parsley, oregano, basil)
salt and pepper to taste

First put the olive oil in a stock pot and cook the diced onion on medium heat.
Meanwhile chop the stewed tomatoes.
Once the onion cooks clear, add the tomatoes and their juice. Let that cook for about a minute beore adding the broth.
Next add the froxen vegatables, beans and pasta. Cook until pasta is al dente. Add italian seasonings to your liking. Same goes for the salt and pepper.
Once pasta is cooked, continue stirring until soup is at a boil. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Best if topped with either shredded mozzarella or asiago cheese. Can also serve with garlic bread if desired.

Once you make this, you'll understand why I call this soup a triple threat. First, it's packed with vegetables and protein (the beans).

Second, depending on what kind of olive oil you buy and if you decide to use fresh instead of frozen vegetables, this dish can feed at least 4-6 people for about $25. I mean that's about what it costs me because I always have pretty basic olive oil, italian seasonings and frozen veggies around the house. They are all pretty much staples in my pantry. So the only real costs to make this is all the canned stuff. and the optional cheese and garlic bread.

If you're all about organic, go for it. Some say the fresher the better always and usually I'm a believer of it. But in this case, frozen vegetables and canned tomatoes are just as good as the fresh stuff because it's all cooked down.

In this economy I'm always looking for ways to save money especially at the grocery store. And as the weather gets colder, my stomach and eye turn to foods that will satisfy both my wallet and my appetite. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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February 27, 2009
I don't cook, but when I go to an Italian restaurant I always get minestrone. I especially love when they include those little round pasta noodles. Mmm...
 
January 24, 2009
YES!! Thanks for this!! I freaking love this soup!! =)
 
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