Sharon’s Hearty Minestrone Stew

Hearty Minestrone Stew |

I have been making this stew ever since my children were very young. It is savory and delicious, and it is quite healthy. One time, I remember having relatives over one day for supper, and I served this with crackers. Their young children wouldn’t even taste it. They were used to consuming pretty, processed foods and eating at fast food restaurants. I had to make them peanut butter sandwiches instead! Sad.

My own children still enjoy it very much. For us, it is a staple dinner that is both healthy and delicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Hearty Minestrone Stew

Yield – 6 to 8 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • 9 potatoes – peeled and cut $1.25
  • 5 organic carrots – peeled and sliced .75 cents
  • 1/2 chopped onion .20 cents
  • 1 clove chopped garlic .10 cents
  • 3 T. Goya barley (from a 16 oz. bag found in the dried beans section of the store) .07 cents
  • 3 T. dried lentils (from a 16 oz. bag) .07 cents
  • 1/4 C. dried split peas (from a 16 oz. bag) .10 cents
  • 2 cups Hunts Tomato Sauce (16 oz.) .75 cents
  • 1/2 bag of wide egg noodles .75 cents


  • Put all ingredients into a large soup pan.
  • Cover this with 7 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Stir occasionally for 30 minutes.
  • Add the Tomato Sauce
  • Bring back to a boil. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add 1/2 bag of wide egg noodles to the pan.
  • Bring back to a boil. Then cook on medium, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  • Serve topped with a little Parmesan cheese (optional).

Cost $4.04

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  1. mary says

    That was kind of you to stop and make an unplanned meal for your young guests. What are parents today thinking? Children will grow into teens and young adults who need to know how to eat at homes of friends (even if just for a sleepover), at family, at social, and at business meals, and they need manners and social skills to do that. Aside from allergies and medical necessities (diabetes, etc.), there seems little reason to refuse to taste a dish.

  2. danielle says

    thanks i am going to try this, this week…looks like a different meal for my family and we are up to trying new things…the only thing that worries me is the lentels…my hubby doesn’t like beans and even frowns if i put them in chili! lol oh well he needs to eat better just like the rest of our family does :)

  3. Jean says

    Trying to think what I would use to replace the barly for gluten free folks. I know I can use some Quinoa noodles. Any ideas?

  4. lissa says

    Looks like something I may eat but I make my minestrone that appeals to children. it isn’t sad that those kids wouldn’t eat it, maybe they thought it was not good. Not everyone that eats processed food is bad. Just not everyone likes split peas and barley in there soup :)

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