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Italian Vegetable Soup

When December 31st rolls around every year, it is a time of reflecting on the things that have taken place in the past year.

How much you have grown, the life changes that have occurred, the milestones reached, the laughter and the tears. We also find ourselves looking towards the new year. What will it have in store? Will it be a good year? A Challenging year?

I’ve never been much of a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of person. I do reflect on the year, and set goals for myself. Some I meet, some I continue to work on. A year ago, I launched this new website. I had a goal to make it even better than my old “MrsMamaHen” site, and I’m happy to say that I think I have succeeded. I was nervous about going self-hosted, and thankfully had no issues that I couldn’t take care of myself. I’m pleased with how far it has come, and how far I have come as a self-taught blogger.

Looking ahead into 2014, I’ll be attending my first blog conference right away in January: the Food Blog South conference in Birmingham. I’m very excited about that.

I have also decided – and this is going to be an insane challenge – I will not buy a single food magazine in 2014. The only caveat will be if I am published in one. Anyone that knows me, knows what a challenge that will be!

My last “magazine culling” was a stack of over 60. Josh helped me go through and pick recipes to save.


Now, that doesn’t mean that a couple magazines won’t enter my home. I do have 2 subscriptions – but I will not renew them when they run out this year.

You see, I have a whole library of cookbooks. I have many cookbooks that I have never made a single recipe out of. So that is my goal for myself. All new recipes will come from my cookbook library. I’m looking forward to that, because I’ve got some great vintage cookbooks, some German ones, and others that are desperately calling for my attention.

I also plan to revisit recipes that I made as a newlywed or young mom. I have some recipes that used to be staples, but I haven’t made in so long, that when I do set them on the table, the family thinks they are new.

This recipe is one of them – my Italian Vegetable Soup.

Italian Vegetable Soup from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

I made this the other night, and my husband was in heaven. He had no idea that this recipe wasn’t even new! It is loosely based off a recipe I found in a magazine over 20 years ago. Judging by my husband’s reaction, I believe I need to bring it back into regular circulation.

To begin, dice an onion and mince 3 cloves of garlic. In a Dutch oven, brown a pound of ground beef with the onion and garlic.


Slice 2 stalks of celery and 3 peeled carrots.


When the beef is browned, add in a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce, a 16 ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, and a 15 ounce can of cannellini beans that has been drained.


Add in 2 cups of beef broth.


And now for the herbs. Add in 1 tablespoon of parsley, 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Stir this all together, bring it to a boil and reduce it to a simmer. Let it simmer covered for 20 minutes.


Add in 1 cup of fresh or frozen green beans, and a cup of small pasta. I’m using mini farfalle here. You can use whatever you have on hand. Bring it to a boil again, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook just until the pasta is done, stirring occasionally.


Serve topped with some shredded parmesan, and with some nice, crusty bread.


Italian Vegetable Soup from Cosmopolitan Cornbread




35 thoughts on “Italian Vegetable Soup”

  1. I was given a great food magazine subscription for my birthday 2 years ago, and while I appreciated it they just don’t really get used as I use the web for my recipe research. So this Christmas during a big winter clean of our house my hubby helped me go through all the magazines and just save what I wanted to try and recycled the rest. So much less clutter now. My goal is to actually make every recipe that I pulled out of the magazines this year so we will see if I can accomplish that.

  2. I am glad I am not the only one with this issue. I used to have about 120 cookbooks, and have been collecting magazines over the years. I once moved 18 book boxes of ONLY magazines with me on a cross state move. I had to purge cookbooks and magazines when I made the move across country, which leads me to being here today seeking recipes for soup, as all my cookbooks are in storage. I kept cookbooks over the years with just one special recipe I went to and didn’t think to write those recipes down before donating the cookbooks to charity. Sadly those books are now out of print and I so badly miss my wonderful recipes; and I can’t seem to find those recipes or anything close to them online. I have gotten to the point where I am now entering the recipes into word documents; but have decided I am going to have to print those recipes out and put them in a binder, with sheet covers; as I am not the neatest cook and it’s not the best thing for me to bring electronics into the kitchen when I cook. I love a couple of your recipes, would it be okay if I added those to my binder?

    • Barbara, absolutely! Every one of my recipes should have a printable version for that very reason. (I may have missed one here or there, but I *think* they all have them now.) I keep all of my own recipes in a special binder, in page protectors myself! Then I have a few more binders full of additional saved recipes for future use – such as the many, many magazine recipes that I have torn out to save :)

      • Thank you so very much. I want you to know also that if a friend ever asks for the recipe I am sure to give full credit to where I originally got the recipe and will definitely have them come to your Web Site to look further. I have been browsing your site and have to admit that you have some awfully yummy looking dishes. Also, thank you for the basics; I am really trying to cook everything from scratch these days; and am actually trying to plan the major portion of my 2014 menu now, so when I plant my garden I can plan ahead for what I may need to freeze and can during and after the growing season, in order to be able to supplement the goods I usually get from the local farmers market. I know I will be way off on estimates but it’s a starting place. Again, thank you so very much.

  3. I need to take your lead and cook more form my cookbooks! Thanks for hosting this great event, and for sharing your yummy soup! Happy New Year, Conni!

  4. I went through a magazine purge a few years back. I only have on subscription now, and I’m not sure why I haven’t cancelled it….Something to think about for 2014! Your soup looks fantastic! Thanks for hosting this week! Happy New Year Connie!

  5. This soup is so perfect for this time of year. I never buy food magazines. I find more than enough recipes from the Internet, cookbooks, and ones I come up with myself. Be creative – I know you’ll come up with lots of good things to make!

  6. I cut out magazine subs a few years back and I love it. I’m online a lot more and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on the recipes. Plus, we have a great community here that fills up my darn recipe box so quickly I can never get to all the great stuff around here!

  7. You are totally my inspiration, although it was great to see I’m not the only one with stacks of food magazines to go through. It’s crazy, and I too have a ton of cookbooks I haven’t begun to cook through. It’s a GREAT goal to have and is a wonderful way to simplify life from all the clutter :-)

  8. Thank you so much for hosting this week’s great event! – It sounds like a good resolution to me to limit your foodie magazine intake ;) I love how this soup sounds and looks; it would be a great hit in my house as well.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy, and successful New Year!

  9. I so understand your love for cooking magazines. I’ve got a stack about 12″ tall of just the “pages” I’ve ripped/cut out of magazines that I plan on making “one day” and another stack of magazines that I still need to go through. Good luck in your quest to not purchase any new ones. I know I’d fail that for sure so I’d prefer not to set myself up for failure that way. LOL Your soup looks delicious and I thank you for hosting #SS this week! Happy New Year and continued success with your blog!

    • Yep, I have several binders of torn out pages. Right now, I still have another 40 magazines to go through, and once they are done, I’m done! It’s going to be so hard though! I’m such an impulse magazine buyer. But I’m going to try!!! :)

  10. I’m with you on the magazine thing. those only $10.00 subscription offers get me everytime! a hearty vegetable soup sounds so good right about now. Thanks for hosting, Conni and have a wonderful new year!

  11. Your Italian veggie soup would be a hubby pleaser here, too…and the perfect dinner on a cold winter’s night. Thanks so much for hosting this week, Connie!

  12. That soup looks so hearty and delicious! It would be perfect with the cold, rainy weather we’ve been having since Christmas.

    I love your New Year’s Resolution! I’m making a similar one to not only cook from my collection of cookbooks, but also my food magazines. I narrowed down my food magazine subscriptions to 4 magazines instead of 7!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  13. I do a magazine culling every January. Only the really good issues stay and the rest get recycled. I used to save them all but since I get the dual digital subscription with my paper, I know I can just download the issue again if I really need to find something. Thanks for being a great host and happy new year!

  14. Thank you so much for all your help, support and most of all, friendship, this past year! It has meant the world to me. I have loved following you through your journey of not only blogging but life. I hope we have the opportunity to meet IRL in 2014.

  15. What a great goal for you to have for 2014. It should be very fun to go through those cookbooks and discover recipes you have not seen before. I wish you and your family much happiness and success in the coming year.


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