1/2 pound ground beef (optional)
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion or one small leek, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 zucchini, quartered and sliced
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can cannellini beans, drained
2 cups cooked macaroni pasta
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
6 pouches Savory Choice Vegetable Broth Concentrate*
5 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a large pot, brown the ground beef and drain the fat. Add onions, leeks, celery and garlic and stir until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes. Sprinkle each bowl with Parmesan cheese to taste.
*For richer flavor, try substituting 3 vegetable broth packets with Savory Choice Beef Broth Concentrate.