Italian Beef and Bean Soup

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Italian beef and bean soup really hits the spot on a chilly day!







perfect italian beef and bean soup on a cold winters day #soup




What an easy soup to make! It really hits the spot on a cold chilly day. I really love to make a huge pot of soup and freeze it in individual containers. I like to have lots of soups on hand in the freezer during the colder months.


Sure beats having to cook all day and it's perfect when your feeling a little down and out.


This soup is full of delicious beef and beans, what a great combination. I really like to add barley instead of orzo sometimes. I love barley soup and it gives it a thicker consistency.


Grandma used to make this soup when I was a child and loaded it up with oyster crackers. Oh the fond memories I have of that soup! Now I make it all the time.





      






Italian Beef and Bean Soup Recipe

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1 pound of cubed beef ( I use sirloin, london broil or beef stew meat, cut into small cubes)
28 ounce can of petite tomatoes or 6 plum tomatoes chopped fine
1 cup green beans
3 cups  canned or fresh cooked navy beans
4 cloves minced garlic
olive oil around 3 tablepoons
8 cups of water
1 teaspoon each oregano, basil, granulated garlic,
parsley
1 cup sliced carrots
1 stalk finely diced celery
grated cheese I used Romano and Parmesan blended 
Optional: red pepper flakes and 3 cups fresh spinach leaves

1 cup cooked macaroni / pastine of choice to package instructions ( I used Orzo)

In a large sauce pot, saute the beef in the olive oil for around 5 minutes stirring. Add the garlic, saute for 1 minute.
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Add the 8 cups of water into the large soup pot. Add everything else in the pot and simmer on low for around 1 hour and a half. Cook the orzo separately and add the the pot last.
Serve topped with grated cheese.
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