Bring beef stock to a boil. Reduce heat and add package of dried beans, 1 of the onions, celery, and seasonings and simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and tomato sauce and simmer for an additional hour or until vegetables are tender. You may added greens to the soup near the end of cooking, if desired. Tougher greens such as kale or collards or escarole should be added 30-40 minutes before serving, while tender greens such as spinach or chard will only require 10-15 minutes to become tender.
Sauté ground beef or pork in a large skillet with remaining onion and 2 minced garlic cloves. When soup is fully cooked, mix in cooked meat. Serve.
Cooks Note: If you prefer, the ground meat may be made up into meat balls before cooking by adding 2 cups seasoned Italian bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp. fresh parsley (minced), 1/2 tsp. each salt, pepper and garlic powder, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan) - mix well, form into balls and brown in olive oil flavored with whole cloves garlic before adding to soup.
This is a very thick soup. If you prefer it a little less thick, add some more broth or water to your preferred consistency. Top with shredded cheese or grated Parmesan, if desired.
Be versatile - try adding different vegetables and seasonings. Mixed soup beans may be used for variety.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (4098g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 49 (4%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 5.5g||7 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.4g||7 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.8g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 5365.5mg||185 %|
|Potassium 9377.1mg||247 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 231.3g||68 %|
|Dietary Fiber 78.7g||315 %|
|Sugars, other 152.7g|
|Protein 105g||150 %|
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Calories per serving: 1327
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