Mediterranean Beef Minestrone Soup Recipe

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This feeds a crowd and then some. Hearty and healthy. Start this slow simmering soup early afternoon to have it ready for dinner, so there's time to develop the flavors. Or better yet, cook a day in advance and let the flavors sing next day. I take time to cut the meat and veggies in small pieces as this is a soup, not a stew, and the extra time is just a labor of love!

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Servings: 12


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  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean beef for soup, cut into 1/2" bite-size pieces (see photo #2. I used ½" thick bottom round steak)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can tomatoes, petite diced or crushed
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablepoons beef base or equivalent beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup carrots, diced (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup celery diced (2 large stalks)
  • 6 ounces small shell macaroni uncooked
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 15.5-ounce can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, snipped
  • Parmesan cheese, fresh shaved or grated


  1. Pour water into 6 quart or larger soup kettle.
  2. Add beef, tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, beef base or bouillon cubes, onions, garlic, basil, salt, black and red pepper and bay leaf.
  3. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Add carrots and celery; simmer covered 1 hour more, until meat and vegetables are tender.
  5. Add green beans and simmer 7 minutes covered.
  6. Stir in macaroni and cook at a slow boil for 8 minutes or to al dente.
  7. Add kidney beans and parsley. Heat 2 or more minutes until soup is steaming hot. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  8. Pass Parmesan cheese to garnish top.
  9. Yield: About 4 1/2 to 5 quarts. Generous main dish servings for 12, or about 18 cup-size servings.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 440g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 258  
Calories from Fat 83 32%
Total Fat 9.29g 12%
Saturated Fat 3.48g 14%
Trans Fat 0.53g  
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 538mg 22%
Potassium 579mg 17%
Total Carbs 26.57g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.9g 20%
Sugars 3.86g 3%
Protein 16.91g 27%
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  • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • meredith vrobel
      Made this and it does make a pot full. However we thought it was missing something... perhaps more tomatoes and sauce and less water. Also added some italian seasoning along with the basil. Will make again with these revisions.

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