Minestrone Soup

DF if w/out parmesan cheese, GF

everyone thinks of soup and sandwiches or even soup and salad, they are classic combinations. i love the classic combos like peanut butter and chocolate, bacon and eggs, and grilled cheese and roasted tomato basil soup. but tonight what about soup and pizza…try this with a slice or two of pepperoni pizza.

minestrone soup
3 tbs olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 carrots, sliced
4 celery stalks, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz ground beef
salt and pepper
1 tbs tomato paste
1 bay leaf
4 cups beef broth
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

heat the oil and butter over medium heat in a large soup pan. add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften then turn heat to high and add the ground beef. season beef with salt and pepper, and cook for 6 to 7 minutes until the beef is browned and cooked through. then stir in the tomato paste until it melts into the mixture. next add the broth, tomatoes, beans, parmesan cheese and bay leaf. put cover on the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. once up to a boil reduce heat to low and  simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 30 minutes. remove the bay leaf and discard. enjoy!

Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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