A bowl of heaping and hearty ministrone soup
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Classic Ministrone Soup

Classic ministrone soup, is a rich, hearty broth loaded with vegetables and meat, and is perfect for cozying up with during the cold days of winter.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: ministrone, soup, vegetable soup, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 463kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 1/2 pounds Beef cubed stew meat
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic fresh
  • 2 cups tomatoes whatever variety is ripe/ chopped
  • 2 cups Russet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice uncooked
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large dutch oven or heavy soup pot, combine beef, water, and salt. (Note: Searing beef before hand will help it stay tender, but this is optional).
  • I love my Staub Dutch Oven for this soup, there is something that is so comforting about this large recipe filling up this pot.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat until it comes to a full boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until beef is fork tender.
  • In a 10 inch skillet combine onions, carrots, celery, butter, parsley, and garlic. and cook until veggies are crispy tender.
  • Add veggies to beef mixture, along with all the remaining ingredients, except the kidney beans.
  • Cook over low heat until veggies are tender.
  • Stir in kidney beans, taste, season to preference.
  • Serve.


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3465IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3.1mg