This is a truly hearty Italian soup. Bacon is simmered with beef mince, carrots, celery, courgette, pasta and chickpeas in a tomato soup base. It's perfect for the cold winter months. Feel free to substitute in any vegetables you have at hand.
This is a favorite in our household--we've tried lots of other minestrone recipes before, but none as delicious as this! - 23 Apr 2000 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I tried this and it is marvelous! I am making it again today and instead of bacon I am using ham and turkey carcasses I saved in the freezer. I boil them (for at least 2hours slowly) and they make a rich broth from which to make this soup. Thanks Ms Satler for your recipe ideas! - 21 Jan 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I am about to make this soup again. I just decided to post a review and rating of this recipe because I thought it was a great and easy soup that anyone can prepare and serve with confidence. I really enjoyed making it and thought it made a really easy and enjoyable home cooked soup. Try it if you haven't! - 01 Jan 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)