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Minestrone Soup


This is a great recipe, as it is quick and just plain simple.  Simple and hearty flavors.

I also used some of my fresh herbs that I had frozen at the end of summer, and my kidney beans I had made and then froze…recipe for that to come!

Serves 6-8 for about $0.90/serving


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1 28oz. can diced tomatoes, Italian style if you have them – ($2.94)

1/2 cup diced onion – ($0.16)

4 cups water

1/2 tsp. basil

1 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 large carrots, peeled and slice – ($0.10)

2  8oz. cans tomato sauce – ($0.68)

2 cups beef broth – ($0.58)

1 Tbsp. parsley leaves

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 can garbonzo beans – ($0.68)

1 can kidney beans – ($0.68)

1 can green beans – ($0.54)

1 1/4 cup uncooked pasta shells – ($0.49)


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Combine all ingredients in a large pot, except for canned green beans and pasta.

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Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add green beans and bring back to a boil.

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Add pasta and simmer until cooked.  Serve with Parmesan cheese, and some crusty bread.



  1. […] created before, but it has been a few years, but now I have the recipe too!  It's kind of like a Minestrone meets a Kielbasa Soup.  So good.  Lots of flavor and a bit of spice…but not too much, so the […]