I adapted this recipe from Real Mom Kitchen. I just use a good Italian seasoning instead of the different amounts of each herb. Make sure that it contains thyme, oregano and basil in it. I got a good one from Costco.
Mama Mia’s Minestrone Soup
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery chopped
Saute the onion and celery in bacon grease until tender.
2 cans Petite Diced Tomatoes
2 cans beef broth
2 small cans tomato juice
1 can northern white beans, drained and rinsed
1 can green beans, UNDRAINED
3 carrots, cut into chunks
2 cups shredded cabbage (not the pre-cut coleslaw mix, it’s too stringy when cooked)
2 cups of water
2 tsp Italian seasoning (make it a good one)
Bring the above ingredients to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Then add:
1 cup of macaroni (rotini or shells work well)
Cook until macaroni is tender. Top each bowl with Parmesan cheese to serve.