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Uncle Bill’s Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

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I don’t have an Uncle Bill (at least not for some generations) but here is a recipe that bears his name. It is easy and delicious!

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A few fresh veggies to go in.

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Chop, add to a pot and heat!

Uncle Bill’s Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins | Servings: 4-6


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 cups water
2 cups diced zucchini
1 cup diced carrot, peeled
1 cup you may use other white beans
3/4 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
28 fluid ounces canned plum tomatoes, dice and include liquid
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup elbow macaroni


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes or until just lightly browned.

3. Add water, zucchini, carrots, canellini beans, celery, basil, oregano salt, pepper, tomatoes and garlic.

4. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Add macaroni, cover and cook an additional 10 minutes.

6. Adjust spices to suit your taste.

7. Serve hot.

Nutritional Info: Calories 172.3
Calories from Fat 39
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 577.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.6 g
Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
Sugars 9.1 g
Protein 6.6 g


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Categories: Italian, kosher, Pasta, Recipes, Soup and Stew, vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “The Family Name”

  1. March 25, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    The recipe looks wonderful. You even have the calories.


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