Minestrone -- Viva Italia -- Ciao

Gary Hancq


Last week a friend asked if I wanted a couple of turnips from his garden.

I jumped on the offering, visualizing the sight and the aroma of a good Minestrone, and set out to build a memorable soup, from this oft forgotten vegetable.

The outcome was rewarding. even though I made a few changes mid-stream.

To Italians Minestrone means "The Big Soup -- One with many ingredients". It is the cornerstone of Italian cuisine and as common as pasta on the Italian Table. Buon Cibo (Good Eating).


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yields approx. 2 quarts


30 Min


2 Hr


Stove Top


1 can(s)
tomato sauce 11 oz. hunts
2 can(s)
beef or chicken broth. see note
2 c
beef pre-roasted shredded or cubed. see note
1 can(s)
corn drained
1 can(s)
green beans drained
1 can(s)
mushrooms 6 oz. sliced or whole (optional)
turnips fresh peeled and cubed
1 1/2 c
carrots chopped or cubed
1 c
celery chopped spoon size
1 c
onion chopped coarse
2 tsp
italian seasoning dried
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

To a good sized stock pot add the Tomato Sauce and Broth to the pot(See notes). Heat on high.
Add the cans of drained Corn and Green Beans. I would have preferred Cut Green Beans but had a can of French Cut instead. Canned mushrooms optional.
Rinse and prepare fresh Turnips, Carrots, Celery and Onion. Add to pot along with the Italian Seasoning and Garlic and Onion Powder. Add the pre-roasted Beef.
Turn heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours total. Stir occasionally and add additional broth if needed.
Near the end adjust salt and pepper to taste. I'm a low salt cook so usually leave final seasoning when presented at the table.
Notes: I was unsuccessful finding the pre-roasted sliced beef in the freezer, but did find four cups of frozen Italian Beef Juices that had a sufficient amount of shredded Italian Beef in it. So I substituted this for the canned Chicken or Beef Broth. What could be more appropriate in an Italian soup than Italian Beef juices.
Note: Pasta of any sort would be a nice addition to this recipe. A couple of days later I prepared some Three Cheese Tortelloni simmered in Chicken Broth and they were an excellent addition to the Minestrone. Happy Cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Healthy