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Lena's Minestrone Recipe

Lena's Minestrone

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"Minestrone means 'big soup' in Italian, and this soup is sure to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Served with a crisp loaf of bread, it's a meal in itself! Garnish with grated Romano cheese."

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Original recipe makes 10 to 12 servings Change Servings


  1. In a large pot ombine the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, beans, tomato paste and water. Cook over medium heat until all the vegetables are tender.
  2. Transfer soup to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Return soup to pot and stir in pasta. If desired add additional water to thin soup. Stir in the oregano and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat unitl pasta is al dente. Serve hot topped with freshly grated Romano.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 21, 2003

Delicious. This is a great recipe to start, but has a lot of room for you to make it your own. I had to add 5 cups of water to the final product to finally get the consistency I was looking for.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 13, 2008

I really liked the idea of this soup, it was really, really thick though. If we try this one again I think I would use half the amount of potatoes and carrots. Kudo's for originality! what a great idea, thanks for the recipe. :)


16 Ratings

Sep 18, 2008

I used beef broth instead of water and added shredded cabbage, diced zucchini, less potatoes,shredded spinach. can diced tomatoes, marinara or spaghetti sauce, light red or white beans. To make it thicker I added some refied beans. The rest was fine. Just a thought.

Apr 21, 2012

great way to get those who don't like them to eat their veggies! I added a bit of sugar because I like it.

Sep 28, 2006

Excellent! My whole family enjoyed this soup. We liked the thickness of it..very hearty! It would be fine as is, however I added a pinch of cayenne pepper and a bit of olive oil. Thanks for a great healthy and delicious soup.

Jul 14, 2011

We really enjoyed this soup. I do not have a food processor so I used my blender instead. The kids liked the taste and with it blended together they couldn't see the vegetables to pick them out, that was the best part!!

Dec 10, 2008

I added some ground Hot Italian sausage to this soup to give it more substance. It was even better the next day!!

Dec 21, 2011

Really bland. I think it needs some acid (lemon juice or vinegar). My husband put Sriachi in it after I served it to him, if that gives you an idea of how bland it is. Might be a good base recipe but definitely needs some adjustments.


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  • Calories
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.8 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 7.7 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 7.8 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 277 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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