Hearty Sausage Minestrone Recipe
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Hearty Sausage Minestrone Recipe

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As a teacher, I appreciate quick and easy recipes. If I make this for just my husband and me, we have leftovers for lunches. But when there are more people at the table, every bit is eaten. —Tami Stoudt, Evans, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups equals 372 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 1481 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, onion, celery and carrots over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, beans, broth, garlic powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook, covered, 6-8 minutes or until pasta is tender.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled minestrone in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Sausage Minestrone in Simple & Delicious October/November 2014

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"Delicious and easy to make. I too did not have the seasoned tomatoes so added one large 28 oz can of diced regular tomatoes, 14 oz of ground tomatoes(my hubby does not like too many chunks) and seasoned with dried basil, dried oregano and 3 cloves of minced garlic."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Great recipe--I tripled the recipe for a big family reunion this past weekend and it was perfect for a windy, cool fall afternoon. I added extra carrots, celery and onion because I want to oomph up the amount of soup. Very easy to make and delicious! I had some leftover that I froze to enjoy another day, so we look forward to having it again!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Didn't use the beans, but included everything else. I added a 1/4 tsp each of oregano and basil since my diced tomatoes weren't seasoned. Outstanding recipe!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"Fabulous!!! Very tasty!!"

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