Hamburger Minestrone Soup (South Beach Diet)

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“I came across this recipe for minestrone, adapted for the South Beach Diet, on the 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet boards a few years ago. It's become a family favorite since. It makes quite a lot of soup, but it reheats well. If making this for the South Beach Diet, watch out for added sugar in the tomatoes and beans-- a lot of canned beans and tomato products have sugar added to them. You can also substitute very lean ground turkey and chicken broth for the beef.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 453.59 g extra lean ground beef (less than 10% fat)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 946.0 ml reduced-sodium fat-free beef broth
  • 1419.54 ml water
  • 411.06 g can diced tomatoes with juice, undrained (no sugar added)
  • 473.18 ml finely shredded cabbage (I use bagged coleslaw salad mix to save time)
  • 2 stalk celery, diced
  • 425.24 g can kidney beans, rinsed and drained (or canneloni or great northern beans, no sugar added)
  • 29.58 ml italian seasoning
  • 1-2 garlic clove, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Brown beef ovr medium heat in a 6-quart soup pot and drain (rinse in hot water, drain, and return to pot, if desired).
  2. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is tender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese) and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  5. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, if desired.

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