This dish was among the first recipes my mom taught me. Maybe it’s because she knew there was no way for me to mess it up, or maybe it’s because she knew that I would spend my entire paycheck buying extra lives on Candy Crush that I would need a meal that could be made on a budget, but either way, this is one of the simplest and heartiest soups I’ve made. I’ve since seen multiple variations of this recipe, which only shows how versatile and easy it is to customize this dish!
Start by browning onions and garlic in olive oil, then add ground beef or turkey and cook until no longer pink. Then simply add cans of minestrone, ranch style beans, diced tomatoes, Ro*tel, and a few seasonings. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, serve with a slice of crusty French bread, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, inexpensive, and comforting fall meal with plenty of Candy Crush lives to spare. Enjoy!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cans minestrone (I used Campbell's)
- 1 can Ro*tel
- 2 cans ranch style beans, undrained
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain and return back to the stove.
- Add the minestrone, Ro*tel, ranch style beans, diced tomatoes, water, parsley, and oregano. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.