1 lb. ground beef, turkey or Italian sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1-2 carrots, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1-28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1-15 oz. can kidney beans
1-15 oz. can white beans
1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups V-8 juice (I like spicy)
1 T. vinegar
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. oregano
1 t. basil
1 1/2 t. thyme (or just replace all 3 of these with 3 t. Italian seasoning)
1/2 lb. ditalini pasta is a small tube pasta (or any small pasta)
Brown meat in large stock pot. Add all fresh veggies and saute for 10 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients except for pasta. Simmer for 1 hour (or however long
you have until dinnertime!). Meanwhile, cook pasta, drain and toss with olive oil.
Put soup and pasta together in bowl and top with grated parmesan cheese.
(Keep the noodles separate if you plan to have leftovers because they will get