Hearty Beef Minestrone Soup

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

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time55 mins

 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean Ground Beef Round or Sirloin or Extra Lean Ground Beef
 1 large onion, chopped
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 3 cup (750 mL) frozen mixed vegetables
 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning
 ¼ tsp (1 mL) chili pepper flakes (optional)
 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
 1 pkg (900 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
 1 can (213 mL) tomato sauce
 1 cup (250 mL) shredded fresh spinach (optional)
 ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley (optional)
 ½ cup (125 mL) broken whole wheat spaghetti or alphabet pasta
 ½ cup (125 mL) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

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.

Ingredients

 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean Ground Beef Round or Sirloin or Extra Lean Ground Beef
 1 large onion, chopped
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 3 cup (750 mL) frozen mixed vegetables
 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning
 ¼ tsp (1 mL) chili pepper flakes (optional)
 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
 1 pkg (900 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
 1 can (213 mL) tomato sauce
 1 cup (250 mL) shredded fresh spinach (optional)
 ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley (optional)
 ½ cup (125 mL) broken whole wheat spaghetti or alphabet pasta
 ½ cup (125 mL) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)

Directions

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.

Hearty Beef Minestrone Soup
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