Italian Sausage Minestrone Recipe
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Italian Sausage Minestrone Recipe

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This no-fuss minestrone is perfect family fare on chilly days. Feeling daring? Substitute a can of butter beans or pinto beans for one of the cans of cannellini beans. I serve it with warm with crusty French bread for dipping into the broth.—Elizabeth Renteria, Vancouver, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta
  • 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta
  • Shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 280 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 828mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. In the same pan, saute the carrots, celery, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, tomato paste and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, adding pasta during the last 6-8 minutes. Cook, uncovered, until pasta is tender.
  3. Freeze option: Before adding pasta, cool soup. Freeze soup and cheese separately in freezer containers for up to 3 months. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Stir in pasta; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese. Yield: 13 servings (3-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Sausage Minestrone in Taste of Home October 2011, p63

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Janice User ID: 4113505 261182
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2017

"I made this recipe today and it is amazing! Probably the best soup I have ever made, and I've made many. Makes a good sized pot so lots to go around. The combination of flavors from the ingredients are infused enhancing the flavor. This is a keeper that I'll make time and time again!"

momof2inpa User ID: 3572256 259657
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"A new family favorite. Absolutely delicious."

KC-from-Dunnellon User ID: 6760875 252129
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

"Love this quick soup. I also sauted the tomato paste with the garlic before adding the liquids. I used beef broth as well as chicken base. For the seasoning I used dried basil and thyme. Super delicious with the sausage."

Sweetandsimple User ID: 7181820 217889
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"I have been making this soup on a regular basis ever since I found it in the magazine . It's very good."

KelleyEE User ID: 6921479 133924
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"My family absolutely loved this soup. My husband is still talking about it days later. We all took leftovers for lunch the next day, and looking forward to at least one more meal for our family of 3 from this batch. The recipe gives instructions for freezing this, but we went ahead and put the pasta in now with plans to finish it with leftovers without freezing.

You of course don't have to use Johnsonville sausage! The original print version from the magazine doesn't specify that - nice advertising Johnsonville! You could probably use regular diced tomatoes, but I think the fire roasted adds a nice flavor. Serve with a good multigrain fresh loaf of bread."

jillcr11 User ID: 5744382 118574
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"easy and tasty."

rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 197276
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"This soup is very good. I agree that more broth is a great idea because it did get a bit too thick after overnight in the fridge. Will do 8 cups of broth next time."

beths_100 User ID: 6260852 197275
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Best soup EVER!"

kimbrianfox User ID: 1808650 193949
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Great and easy recipe. I didn't add the pasta because I didn't want it to get soft for the second day. I also used turkey sausage."

Bellben User ID: 6198512 180350
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"This is was a great soup!!!!Has now become a fam fav!!!!!"

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