Minestrone Soup recipe fall family meal ideas freezer friendly one pot

GaGa’s Minestrone Soup Recipe


What’s better in the Fall and Winter than a great soup recipe?


My kids always eat best when my father, their GaGa (short for GrampaDaddy), is in the house. One visit he created this soup recipe, based on a meal he’d had en route to our home. It’s an easy recipe with lots of yummy goodness, and freezes well. Enjoy!

Ingredients & Directions for GaGa’s Minestrone Soup

  • 2½ to 3 litres of broth (we use one box each of chicken, veggie, and beef broth)
  • 1 medium can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp each of oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, and Montreal steak spice
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 to 1½ cups chopped carrots
  • 1 to 1½ cups frozen corn
  • ½ cup barley
  • 1 kg ground beef, cooked

Mix all together and let simmer.

In a separate pot, prepare 1½ to 2 cups of elbow macaroni; add to the soup just before serving. (I’ve made this soup without having pasta in the house, and it was just as scrumptious!)

It would be easy to make this a vegetarian option: use all veggie broth and replace the ground beef with a meat substitute (ground round, for example) or just extra veggies – beans and peas would be great!


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