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Best Darn Minestrone Soup Around

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INGREDIENTS
Servings: 12
butter
chopped onions
chicken broth
mixed vegetables, with liquid
kidney beans, with liquid
whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
frozen chopped spinach
tomato paste
garlic powder
dried parsley
salt
ground black pepper
dried basil
uncooked elbow macaroni
grated Parmesan cheese
canned garbanzo beans, drained
heavy cream
grated Parmesan cheese for topping
DIRECTIONS
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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