Great Winter Soup Poor Mans Minestrone

I2014 Poor Mans Minestrone received this recipe from Getufit guru Irene Kok who is a personal trainer in Huntley.  She has a large following and runs a fitness business.  She’s quite the marathoner and loves to post on Facebook many of her recipes.  Many are really excellent.  I encourage you to like her on Facebook.  You’ll be amazed at what she does.

I’ve made this soup a few times because it is just so good and light on the calories.  I slimmed it down on the sodium so you can adjust to your needs with salt.  On the links you’ll see that I use WalMart and Aldi brands.  You would be amazed at the deliberate concentration they’ve made to provide healthier options to customers.  Of course you’re reading nutritional labels making your trip at the store a wee bit longer than normal.  Once you find your favorites, it is so much easier to pick up and go.  Or your hubby to pick up and go.

Poor Man’s Minestrone

A2014 Poor Mans Minestone 2ccording to directions on the ditalini package, prepare the noodles to be added to the soup later.

In a Dutch oven brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic with the olive oil.  Add the stock, frozen veggies, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, and Mrs. Dash.   Stir to get the paste dissolved.  Taste the broth mixture and then salt to taste.  Add the Thyme, basil and pepper.

Simmer mixture for at least 20 minutes.  Add the cooked and drained ditalini.  Simmer for 15 more minutes.

Makes a LOT and it’s delicious.  Store in plastic containers.  Can be frozen.  I use the containers you see on Ina Garten’s show and they come from Casandra’s Kitchen.  These are my favorite and they last forever.  To have left overs, I add a little beef stock to the soup because it has a tendency to thicken up.

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