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Sharon’s 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!

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