Minestrone w/ Pasta and Beans

I love minestrone soup! The wonderful thing about this soup is it is so flexible. Vary the ratio of vegetables or add something extra like cabbage, bell pepper, or zucchini, and it is still delicious. I recommend adding pasta because it makes a more filling for the male gender although it is not as good leftover since the pasta gets soggy...

1 medium onion, carmelized in 2 TBS olive oil
2-3 medium carrots, diced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
2 garlic cloves minced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
salt and ground pepper to taste
-Bring to a boil and simmer 10-15 minutes until vegetables tender.
1 can white cannellini (great northern) beans, drained
1-2 cups small pasta cooked al dente
1/2 cup browned hamburger (optional, but again makes it a heartier soup for men)
-Serve warm and garnish with shaved Parmesan and fresh parsley.

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