Two Meat Minestrone

    1 hour 10 min

    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.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
    • 160g chopped onion
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 150g minced beef
    • 125g finely chopped celery
    • 125g cubed carrots
    • 500g tomato puree
    • 2 (400g) tins whole plum peeled tomatoes
    • 400ml beef stock
    • 1 (415g) tin French onion soup
    • 1 litre water
    • 4 tablespoons red wine
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 125g chopped courgette
    • 60g spinach, rinsed and sliced
    • 85g uncooked spinach pasta
    • 1 (410g) tin chickpeas, drained
    • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon and drain off fat. Add onion, garlic and beef. When onions are translucent, add celery, carrot, tomato puree, whole tomatoes, stock, soup, water, wine, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes.
    2. Stir in courgette, spinach, pasta, chickpeas and parsley. Cook for 15 minutes and serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.

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    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)