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Savory Beef Minestrone Soup

Homemade Savory Beef Minestrone Soup is one of those “feel good” recipes. It’s so hearty that it’s a meal in a bowl, with a variety of vegetables, lean cuts of beef, dark red kidney beans, and optional pasta.

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Gluten and/or dairy-free diets?
1. This recipe is easily made gluten-free by choosing any type of gluten-free pasta.
2. Check labels on broth and bouillon packages for added gluten or dairy products like whey.

Sauteing the vegetables in a little broth with the seasonings always enhances the flavors in the soup. I suggest doing this for any soup recipe. In fact, I even prefer to saute vegetables prior to adding them to a slow cooker.

What If Fresh Vegetables Aren’t Available?
1. Frozen or canned vegetables are always an option for soups if fresh aren’t available.
2. Skip the sauteing step if the vegetables aren’t fresh. Just add them directly to the broth and meat.
3. Mix it up and use any variety of vegetables you have on hand.

Can I substitute with other meats?
You can enjoy lots of different versions of minestrone soup by substituting ground beef, ground turkey, or leftover ham for the steak in this savory soup.

To Make This Hearty Beef Minestrone Soup You Will Need:
 sirloin or round steak
yellow or green zucchini
green beans
dark red kidney beans
stewed tomatoes
bay leaf
dried marjoram
freshly ground pepper
beef broth
Pasta ~ any variety or shape will work. I use spaghetti broken into smaller pieces ~ Gluten-free if needed

Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. For dairy-free options, try Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Parmesan Cheese.

Here is a gluten-free tip:
If some people in your family need gluten-free pasta like my family, cook the regular and gluten-free pasta separately and let each person add some to their bowl.

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Savory Beef Minestrone Soup      

Hearty home-style minestrone soup with chunks of steak, pasta, and lots of vegetables.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: allergy-friendly, Beef Minestrone, dinner, gluten-free, Italian, Minestrone, soup, vegetables
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 1 lb sirloin or round steak cooked and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 cups celery finely chopped
  • 4 large carrots sliced
  • 2 medium yellow or green zucchini sliced
  • 1 15 oz can green beans cut
  • 2 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 30 oz can diced or stewed tomatoes ~ pureed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper several grinds
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 3-4 cups of water up to 5 cups if preferred
  • 1 1/2 cups Pasta ~ any type I use spaghetti broken into smaller pieces before cooking or a small shell type pasta. Gluten-free if needed.
  • Parmesan cheese Grated to serve with soup


  • Instructions:
  • Cut steak into bite-size pieces and brown in a skillet or in the kettle you are planning to make the soup in.
  • Add beef broth and water. Simmer for one hour.
  • Saute vegetables and spices in about 1/2 cup of soup broth in a medium-sized skillet.
  • Add vegetables to meat and broth. Mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer 45 minutes.
  • Add kidney beans and pasta. Cook 15 minutes or until pasta is done.
  • If some people in your family or group need gluten-free pasta like my family, cook the regular and gluten-free pasta separately and let each person add some to their own bowl.
  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1Serving

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious soup! I’ve made this recipe as is, and now it’s become a favorite beef minestrone recipe. I’ve also made a few changes, mostly in upping the flavoring since I’m reducing or eliminating the amount of salt. So, I tend to use double the amount of spices: 2 bay leaves, and 1 Tbsp each basil, oregano, and parsley. I also add about 1 cup of red wine and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. One can use Italian seasoning as well. Thanks for a keeper recipe!

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