Homemade Minestrone Soup Recipe

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Top this Homemade Minestrone Soup Recipe off with a handful of grated Parmesan cheese.

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  • 1 cup dried beans or marrowfat peas
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Crushed thyme, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup diced cooked potatoes
  • 1 cup diced cooked tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup cooked macaroni
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


Soak beans overnight. Next morning, drain and then add water. Cover and simmer for 2 or 3 hours, or until tender. Add additional water as needed.

In skillet, sauté onion, parsley, celery, garlic and peppers in oil. Add to beans with thyme, salt, pepper, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage and macaroni. Simmer for about 30 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan before serving.