Thursday, September 02, 2010

Minestrone Soup

What I love about this soup is that pretty much everything is optional. Last night I made it with homegrown tomatoes, omitted the celery, ground beef, beans and spinach -- BUT -- added green beans, shredded beef and broccoli and it was still delish! Just use what you have on hand! We also love it with grilled cheese. Yummo.

Minestrone Soup
1 large onion, diced
1.5 lbs. ground beef
7 cups beef broth
1 can tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1 c. sliced carrots
1 c. sliced celery
1 c. elbow macaroni
1 package frozen corn
1 package frozen spinach
Brown hamburger, drain. Add onion and saute. Stir in broth, tomatoes, beans, spices, carrots and celery. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Add noodles and simmer 10 minutes. Add corn and spinach. Cook just until spinach is done. Serve with Parmesan cheese. Freezes well.

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