Venus de Milo

This hearty minestrone soup is a favorite of mine – it’s so simple but really tasty.  Top it off with some American cheese and you’re good to go! 


  • 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, string beans and peas)
  • 1 can red kidney beans (optional)
  • 1 large (28 oz.) can of Pastene ‘Kitchen Ready’ tomatoes
  • 7 cups of water (equivalent to two Pastene cans full)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo (or other small shaped pasta)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large soup pot, brown the meat – once the meat starts cooking, add in the Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • Once the meat is cooked, pour in the tomatoes and water – stir well
  • Add in the mixed vegetables (and beans, if desired)
  • Season with the tsp of sugar and salt and pepper to taste
  • In a separate pot, cook the 1/2 cup of pasta
  • Add the pasta to the soup and let it simmer for at least 20-30 mins