Southern Style Minestrone Soup

Super easy and a great way to get those vegetables in. Even picky eaters love this soup and cooking in a crock-pot means fuss free! Prep can be done the night before or even days before and additions frozen. We call it clean out the freezer soup around here, because I can use all the bits of frozen veggies I have left over to add in for extra hardiness.

Southern Style Minestrone Soup
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Super easy and a great way to get those vegetables in
Serves: 8-12
  • 1 cup Sweet Onion -Diced
  • 1 cup celery -Diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ bag Mixed Dried Beans -Cleaned, Soaked and Drained Well
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Large can VegAll Mixed Vegetables
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 pound Ground Beef -Browned and Drained Well
  • 2 cups Water
  • ½ cup ditalini -Barilla
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  1. Clean, quick soak and drain ½ bag mixed dried beans, set aside.
  2. In a large iron skillet, brown off 1 pound of ground beef, drain well and set aside.
  3. In another iron skillet , heat 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir in onions, celery; cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In large crockpot (mine is a 6 quart, perfect for soups and chili!) Combine beef and chicken stock, tomato sauce, dried beans, onions and celery, large can of Veg-all® mixed vegetables (drained if preferred),water and ground beef.
  5. Cover and cook on high heat until beans are tender (approx 3hrs)
  6. Add the Ditalini or Pastina in by hand stirring well after each addition. Re-cover and cook on low heat until pasta is done. (20 min).
  7. Serve with cornbread or home made biscuits
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