Minestrone

These Kids Love Minestrone

These Kids Love Minestrone

This soup is a warming fall favorite in our house and a ray of sunshine during cold winter months!

Minestrone serves 6
1 T ghee
1 medium onion, chopped
1 qt homemade beef stock
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T dried basil or 1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots, peeled & sliced
1 qt crushed tomatoes with juice, canned in glass
salt & pepper to taste
1 lb ground beef, 10% fat (see note)
2 c green beans, frozen or home canned
2 c cooked lima or navy beans

  1. Melt ghee in 8 qt stainless steel pot. Add onion and saute until translucent.
  2. Add beef stock, garlic, basil, celery, carrots, and tomatoes. Bring to boil over High heat. Season to taste.
  3. Shape ground beef into small 1 in/2.5 cm balls and drop into boiling soup. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. At the end of cooking time, add green beans and heat through.
  5. Serve over the cooked beans.

*NOTE: I like to use leaner ground beef for meatballs because the fat can make the soup “slimy” for our picky friends. If you only have 20%, I recommend browning it in a pan before adding it to the soup to minimize the chances of rejection.

This post is part of Freaky Friday, Sunday Night Soup Night, Make Your Own Monday, , Make Ahead Monday, Superfood Sunday.

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