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Recipe for family meals :

Chunky Italian Soup

It is many years since Hub-UK was first launched. It has been created from recipes contributed form all over the world, from professionals and amateurs alike. A great many of the recipes do not have any details as to who sent them in or from where they came. It would be a shame not to share them with you for this reason alone.

This is one such recipe. If you know where it originated, or perhaps it is even yours, let me know and I will add the necessary credits and acknowledgements.

"The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking - love, for those you are cooking for" ~ Sophia Loren.

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans Italian tomatoes
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can tomato soup with basil, undiluted
4 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried basil
1 or 2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. chili powder (optional)
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can Italian green beans, drained
1 carrot, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces rotini noodles, cooked
Grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  • Cook beef and onion in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink then drain.
  • Return mixture to pan.
  • Stir in tomatoes, next 7 ingredients, and, if desired, chili powder.
  • Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in kidney beans and next 3 ingredients.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, for further 15 minutes.
  • Stir in pasta.
  • Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Serves 4

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