Hearty Minestrone Soup


Hearty Minestrone Soup

30 Min

Packed with good-for-us beans and vegetables, this is the most Italian of all soups. Did you know the word minestrone actually means soup in Italian? Our Hearty Minestrone Soup will transport you to Italy, no passport required!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cans (14.5-ounce) cans ready-to-use, sodium-free beef broth
  • 1 can (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can (20-ounce) can cannellini beans, undrained
  • 1 can (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

What to Do

  1. In a large soup pot, combine all ingredients except macaroni. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then stir in macaroni.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes, or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.

Serving Tip

Why not top each bowl with a little grated Parmesan cheese? It'll give your minestrone a richer taste, spoonful after spoonful.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 10

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 244
  • Calories from Fat 9.1
  • Total Fat 1.0g 2 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.2g 1 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 11g 22 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 0.0mg 0 %
  • Sodium 484mg 20 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 48g 16 %
  • Dietary Fiber 9.0g 36 %
  • Sugars 10g 0 %

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I don't care much for beef broth. It over powers the taste. I was thinking of using half beef and half vegetable.

Good soup. Would make a few changes next time more garlic, add more 'tomato' flavor to the broth with V-8 or tomato puree and add Italian seasoning or oregano.

Also use the broth that comes in those cartons. They are better

If you want flavor, use the flavored crushed tomato's or diced. And for the ones who don't want all the carbs. use brown rice or nothing at all. Sometime I put the soup ingredients together and just let it sit. Then I make it and I let it cool and put in the frig. and make the pasta the next day. Soups are always better the next day. Then make the pasta.

I think the tins of beef broth spoiled the flavour of this soup...and for a minestrone I found it was very bland in flavour, so I added extra oregano, a tablespoon English mustard powder, and some paprika to try and induce a bit more flavour. I think that next time I make this soup, I will give the beef broth a miss and use a meat substitute such as Quorn mince. I might also try it with salami or bacon as I think that would give more of the minestrone flavour. Perhaps use fresh spinach and vegetables instead of frozen, as I like to freeze my soup in individual portions for meals in work at a later date.

I loved this soup! It's far better than any canned. I served it with a nice green salad and toasted garlic cheese bread. Everyone gobbled it up! :) For all those who are complaining that it is too high in carbs or too salty. The salt content can be adjusted by using low sodium ingredients. As far as the carbs go if it is too high in carbs to go along with your diet then simply don't make it. I am a diabetic for over 40 years and it worked just fine with my diet plan!

Sounds nutritious and tasty. Can it be frozen?

Absolutely! You'll have plenty for now and some for later, too!

By using Dreamfields Pasta, I believe you could lower the carb count even more. It's the only pasta that I use due to the fact my husband and I are insulin resistant.

This is so high in carbs, it is almost a complete meal accept for the fact that it is only 244 calories to the 48 carbs. It looks and sounds great but it appears that this isn't a very diabetes friendly recipe.

All of our recipes follow the ADA's recommended nutritional suggestions, which includes up to 60g of carbs per meal. This soup might be a nice addition to a meal of lean protein and vegetables.

Thank you for your comment. We have adjusted the recipe, and as you can see, it now has half the sodium content. You can also use low-sodium crushed tomatoes if you can find them at your local grocery store.

Too much sodium and even more with the optional Parmesan cheese.


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