Minestrone Soup Recipe

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Minestrone Soup
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  1. Sauté bacon, ground beef, & sausage (remove from casing and break up) in large deep fry pan.
  2. Add onion when the meat starst to brown.
  3. Continue cooking until onion softens then add garlic and stir for 2 minutes to take the raw edge off.
  4. While meat is browning, get out your biggest pot and start adding the tomatoes, carrots, rutabaga, broth, celery, spices.
  5. Bring to a boil, add browned meat. Simmer for 10 minutes then add everything else, pushing down the cabbage. Add a bit of water to make sure the cabbage is covered.
  6. One year I was trying to hurry this along and cooked the cabbage in another pot then mixed it inches Worked okay.
  7. It will look like too much but the cabbage shrinks a lot! Simmer until all veggies are almost soft. Add your drained beans and the cheese. Stir, taste and add more of what you feel it needs.
  8. If your soup pot looks ridiculously thick add some water but not too much. The point of this soup is to freeze thick and dilute later.
  9. This is why I add water (or broth) when it is thawed out. Takes less space in the freezer this way.
  10. Add half a cup of fresh Parmesan to the soup while cooking for a 'wow' flavour boost. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cool and transfer to containers.
  11. It does need to sit overnight to taste the best. If cold enough the pot can sit out on the deck.
  12. This makes a very thick soup. We freeze it in yogurt containers.
  13. If you want noodles, cook a handful then add to the soup before serving. This is wonderful with garlic bread and lots of Parmesan cheese!.
  14. I call this my 'Campbell's condensed' version of minestrone. I figured why add all the extra water (taking up freezer space) when I can do that later.
  15. I don't add salt to this soup because the bacon, cheese and tinned products have enough of the stuff.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 214.97 Kcal (900 kJ)
Calories from fat 122.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.62g 21%
Cholesterol 37.52mg 13%
Sodium 616.12mg 26%
Potassium 428.7mg 9%
Total Carbs 10.18g 3%
Sugars 4.06g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2.47g 10%
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin C 13.6mg 23%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 90.3mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 103.02 Kcal (431 kJ)
Calories from fat 58.73 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.53g 21%
Cholesterol 17.98mg 13%
Sodium 295.25mg 26%
Potassium 205.44mg 9%
Total Carbs 4.88g 3%
Sugars 1.94g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1.18g 10%
Protein 6.23g 26%
Vitamin C 6.5mg 23%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 0.5mg 6%
Calcium 43.3mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.9
  • 6

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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