Hearty Minestrone

55 Mins
Prep: 15 Mins | Cook: 40 MIns | Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (500 g) ground beef
  • 1 large Peak of the Market onion, chopped
  •  4 cloves garlic, minced
  •  3 cup (750 mL) frozen mixed vegetables
  •  1 ½ tsp (7 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning
  •  ¼ tsp (1 mL) chili pepper flakes
  •  1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
  •  1 pkg (900 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
  •  1 cup (250 mL) tomato sauce
  •  1 cup (250 mL) shredded fresh spinach, well-drained frozen spinach (optional)
  •  ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  •  ½ cup (125 mL) broken spaghetti, alphabet pasta, small shells, or macaroni
  •  ½ cup (125 mL) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind, or ½ cup (125 mL) white beans, pureed (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Cook beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and chili pepper flakes (if using) in Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked and any liquid has evaporated.
  2. Add frozen mixed vegetables, tomatoes, broth and tomato sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add spinach and parsley (if using). Stir in pasta and 1/2 cups white beans.
  4. To help the soup thicken add in a Parmesan cheese rind, or 1/2 cup of white bean puree.
  5. Simmer for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.

TIP: If you have Big Batch Ground Beef on prepped ahead of time you can reduce the cook time by 15 minutes!

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