Monday, December 26, 2016

Minestrone Soup Tonight

 One of my favorite online shops for dips and soup mixes is  Often I need a time saver soup starter and Cugino's Mama's Minestrone Soup Mix usually selling for $4.99. It's   delicious and makes approximatly 8 servings in your dutch oven.  

You need the following:
1 package Cugino's Mama's Minestrone Soup Mix
small package uncooked pasta shells or any shape thats your favorite
2 pounds ground beef
4 (14 1/2 ounce) cans beef broth OR 4 (17 oz.) cartons beef broth (I love Nature's Promise)
1 -2  (16 ounce) bags frozen mixed vegetables
2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1  (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tube Amore tomato paste or can of tomato paste
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion

In your dutch oven or soup kettle, brown ground beef and onion over medium heat until meat no longer pink and drain.  Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered for 3-4 hours. Add 3/4 cup uncooked pasta to pot for the last 10 minutes of cooking and add water to the soup if too thick after the pasta is added.  You can sub out leftover ham instead of the ground beef too. So good!

                 Serve it with a large basket of crusty rolls and butter:) Enjoy!



  1. had this soup two days in a delicious!

  2. Thank you. Helps take the chill out of the air:)! Freezes well too for future meals.xo

  3. This looks amazing! I am definitely saving this recipe.