This is a recipe for a Minestrone Soup that is very similar to Lelli’s Minestrone soup in Detroit. Make sure you use a large stock pot, because this recipe is big. SIMPLY AMAZING!

How To Make Best Darn Minestrone Soup Around

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  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 4 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans mixed vegetables, with liquid
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, with liquid
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping


In a large stock pot over medium heat, stir and cook onions in butter until soft. Add broth, mixed vegetables, kidney beans, tomatoes, spinach, and tomato paste; simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours.

Using a slotted spoon, remove about half of the vegetables to a blender or food processor, reserving liquid in stock pot. Puree the vegetables until smooth and return them to stock pot.

Stir in garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper, basil, macaroni, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, garbanzo beans, and heavy cream; cook for 1/2 hour, stirring frequently. Pour into bowls and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese.