I’m sure most of you will agree that a bowl of good homemade soup is total comfort. Soup has a way of warming up the body while nourishing it with so many health benefits at the same time. I’m more of a broth base soup person, so I’m not really referring to the heavier creamy soups…not that those are bad, but they just don’t make me feel the same as a soup filled with lots of herbs and vegetables in broth.
Whenever I find that I have lots of vegetables in the veggie drawer that need to be used up, I usually make soup. This particular day I had a nice variety of veggies….zucchini, squash, carrots and green beans. Add some dried herbs, lean ground beef and chicken broth and you’ve got Italian Vegetable Beef Soup.
Italian Vegetable Beef Soup
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen
2 tb olive oil
2 zucchinis, quarter chopped
2 squash, quarter chopped
2-3 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 cups green beans, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
good pinch of salt and pepper
1 large can of Italian diced tomatoes, with juices
6 cups chicken broth
3/4 lb lean ground beef, cooked and crumbled
small cooked pasta, optional
Parmesan cheese, optional
In large stock pot, heat 2 tb olive oil and add zucchini, squash, carrots and onions. Cook for about 8 minutes until starting to soften. Add seasonings, tomatoes and chicken broth to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add green beans and cooked ground beef. Simmer soup for about 20 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve with Parmesan cheese and cooked pasta if you like.
Note: amounts of vegetables can be varied. Use what you have on hand.
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