Hearty Minestrone

Hearty Minestrone
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water, more if needed
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup elbow macaroni
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix onion, garlic, and ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Transfer ground beef mixture to a stockpot. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until carrots are partially cooked (about 10 minutes). Add zucchini, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper; and simmer until carrots are tender, (about 10 more minutes).
  3. Stir macaroni into soup; simmer until macaroni is cooked through but firm to the bite (about 10 minutes). Garnish with Parmesan cheese to serve.

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Beef Macaroni Soup

Beef Macaroni Soup
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup uncooked elbow macaroni
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat and drain.
  2. Stir in the mixed vegetables, tomatoes, broth and pepper. Bring to a boil; add macaroni.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes or until macaroni and vegetables are tender. (adjust your beef broth accordingly)

 

Tuna Casserole

If you are Catholic like me, you can’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent. I am often times trying to find meat free recipes to make that my kids like (and I have husband who isn’t a fan of fish). This is one of those recipes that everyone liked. Best of all, you can replace out the tuna with any sort of meat you’d like, and it will be just as good!

 

Tuna Casserole
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of elbow macaroni
  • 2 cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (if you are making this on a Friday during Lent, just use 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup French Fried Onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Make the noodles as directed on the box.
  2. Combine the noodles, tuna, and soup in a large bowl. Pour into a 2.5 qt baking dish. Top with the cheese.
  3. Bake 25 minutes and then sprinkle with the fried onions. Bake for another 5 minutes and then serve.