Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty Minestrone Soup

Fresh from the garden vegetables make this beef soup extra special.

30 min. prep time
10 servings
242 Ratings


2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
1 1/2 pounds (3 cups) cubed 1-inch beef stew meat
3 medium (1 1/2 cups) onions, chopped
2 medium (1 cup) carrots, sliced 1/4-inch
2 ribs (1 cup) celery, chopped
2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning*
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
8 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 teaspoons salt
2 medium (2 cups) potatoes, cubed 1/2-inch
2 medium (2 cups) tomatoes, chopped
1 small (1 cup) zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed, drained


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 6-quart saucepan until sizzling; add beef. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned (8 to 10 minutes). Remove beef from pan. Set aside.

Combine remaining butter, onions, carrots, celery, Italian seasoning and garlic in same saucepan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisply tender (5 to 6 minutes).

Add browned beef, water, rice, potatoes, and tomatoes, zucchini and salt to vegetables. Continue cooking until mixture comes to a full boil (10 to 12 minutes).

Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook until vegetables are tender (20 to 30 minutes). Stir in kidney beans. Continue cooking until heated through (2 to 3 minutes).

*Substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons each basil, dried marjoram leaves and dried oregano leaves.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 290

Fat: 11g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 540mg

Carbohydrates: 31g

Dietary Fiber: 6g

Protein: 18g

Recipe #4377B©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I added a small container of beef stock to give it color and more beef flavor
The amount of Italian Seasoning is wrong. 2 tablespoons is much too much. I think it should be 2 teaspoons.

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