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).



★★★★★ 3 votes

yields approx. 2 quarts
30 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top


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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

How to Make Minestrone -- Viva Italia -- Ciao


  • 1To a good sized stock pot add the Tomato Sauce and Broth to the pot(See notes). Heat on high.
  • 2Add 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.
  • 3Rinse 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.
  • 4Turn heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours total. Stir occasionally and add additional broth if needed.
  • 5Near the end adjust salt and pepper to taste. I'm a low salt cook so usually leave final seasoning when presented at the table.
  • 6Notes: 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.
  • 7Note: 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.

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About Minestrone -- Viva Italia -- Ciao

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

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