Hearty Beef Minestrone

Hearty Beef Minestrone

Submitted by: Recipe & photo courtesy of Canada Beef & BC Cattlemen's Association

This stew-line minestrone is hearty enough to be a main course. It’s a beefy soup that both kids and parents will love.
Ingredients:

  • 1lb extra lean ground beef round or sirloin or extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 package sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded fresh spinach (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 cup broken whole wheat spaghetti or alphabet pasta
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook beef, onion, garlic, frozen mixed vegetables, Italian seasoning and chili pepper flakes (if using) in Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked and any liquid has evaporated.
  2. Add tomatoes, broth and tomato sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add spinach and parsley (if using). Stir in pasta and beans (if using); simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

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