Hearty Minestrone

Hearty Minestrone
  • 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
  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.


MicroEdge™ Match Stick Paddle Style Grater

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Burger Barley Soup


Burger Barley Soup
Serves: 10-12
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can of tomato sauce
  • ½ c catsup
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots (or sliced)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup barley uncooked
  • 6 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 T salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  1. Brown beef and drain.
  2. In a Dutch oven, add the browned ground beef, tomatoes (with juice), and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and summer for one hour (or until the vegetables and barley are tender). Remove bay leaves before serving.