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Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe
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Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

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This fresh-tasting minestrone soup gets its zesty flavor from Italian sausage. When you want to use up your garden bounty of zucchini, try this recipe. If your family likes food extra spicy, use hot bulk Italian sausage instead. —Donna Smith, Fairport, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 224 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 901 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage until no longer pink. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings for 5 minutes. Add sausage and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Minestrone Soup in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p19

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"This had pretty good flavor even though I cheated and left out the sausage. I wanted a basic minestrone recipe to play with, so went to Taste of Home which never disappoints. Other changes besides leaving out the sausage: I added a can of light red kidney beans, did not use the celery, used two minced garlic cloves, threw in a handful of baby spinach leaves when it was almost done, and a cup of already-cooked tiny shell pasta. This recipe freezes very well. I portioned it into two-person servings and frozen it in quart zippered freezer bags which lay flat in your freezer."

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Tasty soup and loaded with vegies. We like more broth so added some beef stock and were very pleased."

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"This is just so good it makes my heart smile. I used some chicken broth for some added liquid."

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Flavor was great for this soup, even when leaving the sausage out. It was a very hearty soup but I added water to it because there wasn't much liquid in it."

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Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"5 stars!! make this a lot.."

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