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Beefy Minestrone

I know lots of minestrone recipes don't contain meat, but my husband thinks a meal is only a meal if it contains some sort of meat. Consequently, this is the perfect meal. It strikes that balance of flavorful, healthful, and soul-satisfying. —Juli Snaer, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 beef top round steak (1 pound) , cut onto 1/2-inch cubes
  • 15 fresh baby carrots, halved
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta
  • Optional: Fresh oregano and shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Combine the first 13 ingredients in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Stir in pasta. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until pasta is tender. If desired, top with fresh oregano and shredded Parmesan cheese.

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