Minestrone means “big soup,” and refers to a vegetable soup that generally has pasta in it. Lots of fresh vegetables, diced chicken, and flavorful bacon, takes this flavorful minestrone soup to the next level. Topped generously with shaved Parmesan cheese, it makes the perfect dinner dish.
Yields: 10-12 Servings
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound diced lean ham (approx 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon*
1 can (15 oz) navy beans, drained
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained
1 can (15 oz) green beans, drained
2 cans (15 oz) Italian style stewed tomatoes
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, or to taste
1/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
Sauté onion, garlic, and chopped celery in butter until onion and celery are tender. Add ham; fried bacon; drained navy beans, kidney beans and green beans; stewed tomatoes; carrots; broth and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Bring back to a boil, add macaroni and cook 10-15 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Serve hot, top with shaved Parmesan cheese, crusty bread and a cold glass of milk for a complete meal.
*To save time and fat, purchase pre-cooked crumbled bacon.
To reduce sodium, use reduced sodium broth and beans.