Yields8 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time55 mins
This simple version of minestrone can be made with just about whatever vegetables you have in the fridge or freezer and Lean Ground Beef Sirloin.
1 lb (500 g) Extra lean or Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Round*
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (250 mL) EACH thinly sliced carrot, celery and zucchini
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
Cook beef, onion, garlic, carrot, celery, zucchini, Italian seasoning and chili pepper flakes in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked and any liquid has evaporated.
Add tomatoes, broth and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add spinach and parsley; stir in pasta; simmer 10 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.