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Rustic Italian Beef and Tomato Soup

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

This simple beef based meal-soup recipe has two unlikely ingredients: tomato juice and day-old bread. The bread is an old-fashioned no-fat trick for thickening. A half cup (125 mL) of tomato juice represents one Food Guide Serving of vegetables.

 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
 1 onion, chopped
 2 carrots, sliced into half rounds
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 ½ tsp (2 mL) dried rosemary, crumbled
 ¼ tsp (1 mL) EACH salt and pepper
 3 cups (750 mL) tomato juice
 1 cup (250 mL) sodium-reduced beef broth
 2 cups (500 mL) slivers of thinly sliced cooked roast beef OR cooked Extra Lean Ground Beef (see Cook's Notes below)
 3 cups (750 mL) large cubes day-old baguette, French stick or ciabatta bread
 ¼ cup (50 mL) Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese, grated
 ¼ cup (50 mL) fresh basil or parsley, minced

Heat oil over medium-high heat in large saucepan; cook onion, carrots, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.


Add tomato juice, beef broth and 1 cup (250 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.


Add beef and bread; stir until bread has ‘melted’ into soup and soup thickens, about 8 minutes. Stir in cheese and basil.


Cook's Notes: To get 2 cups (500 mL) cooked ground beef, cook 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean or Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Ground Beef in non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small chunks with back of spoon while cooking. Cook until browned and completely cooked. Drain.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g25%
Total Carbohydrate 14g5%
Protein 16g32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.