Mama Mia’s Minestrone Soup

This is a recipe that my mom got from a friend.  My mom made this soup a little bit ago and brought me some.  I snapped a picture before I ate it.  It was so yummy I had to share this recipe.  Plus, if I made it no one in my house would eat it.  The soup has too many veggies for my family.  I absolutely loved it.  This minestrone soup is a little different because it all starts with some bacon, which gives this soup wonderful flavor.  Delish!

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Mama Mia’s Minestrone Soup

1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery chopped

Saute the onion and celery in bacon grease until tender.

2 cans Italian stewed tomatoes
2 cans beef broth
2 small cans tomato juice
1 can northern white beans, drained and rinsed
1 can green beans, UNDRAINED
3 carrots, cut into chunks
2 cups shredded cabbage (not the pre-cut coleslaw mix, it’s too stringy when cooked)
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano

Bring the above ingredients to a boil, then reduce to simmer.  Simmer until vegetables are tender.  Then add:

1 cup of macaroni (rotini or shells work well)
Cook until macaroni is tender.  Top each bowl with Parmesan cheese to serve.

7 comments on “Mama Mia’s Minestrone Soup

  • How big are the cans of tomato juice? How finely do you chop the cabbage?

  • Nispera li min qaleb din ghall-Malti jaf isajjar ftit izjed minn hekk!
    “I assolutament iħobb dan”!

  • I made this soup last weekend. I omitted the cabbage as that’s just not my thing. It was wonderful! So many vegetables and that little hint of bacon flavor really adds a lot. My only suggestion is that you cook the pasta separately as the noodles absorb so much of the liquid after you refrigerate the left-overs. I am going to make this and the Chicken Enchilada soup over Christmas when I have a house-full of family.

  • Also,
    if you can get it from the grocery store cheese counter a piece of parmesan cheese rind in the soup as it cooks adds great flavor!

  • Do you know what I could substitute for the cabbage as I don’t like it? Also, what meat could be used with this?

  • Mmmm, sounds yummy. With the cabbage, how finely do you shred it? I couldn’t see it in the picture, so I was just wondering. Thanks!

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