Hearty Minestrone Soup
30 min
1 hr 20 min


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 (1 cup) ribs 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


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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

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

  4. STEP 4

    Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 20-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in kidney beans. Continue cooking until heated through.


11Fat (mg)
50Cholesterol (mg)
540Sodium (mg)
31Carbohydrates (g)
6Dietary Fiber
18Protein (g)


Explore reviews from
our online community

  March 17, 2012

I added a small container of beef stock to give it color and more beef flavor

— says K
  November 12, 2009

The amount of Italian Seasoning is wrong. 2 tablespoons is much too much. I think it should be 2 teaspoons.

— says Phyllis
Tried this recipe? Instagram it!
And don't forget to tag us @landolakesktchn.