Minestrone with Italian Sausage Recipe
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Minestrone with Italian Sausage Recipe

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I make this zippy, satisfying soup all the time, and it’s my dad’s favorite. The recipe makes a lot, and I have found that it freezes well and tastes just as great reheated. —Linda Reis Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 253 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 910mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, celery and leek; cook for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, green beans and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Return to a boil. Stir in the garbanzo beans, pasta and parsley. Cook for 6-9 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese. Yield: 11 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Minestrone with Italian Sausage in Taste of Home February/March 2007, p31

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AmericanDutchess User ID: 6554617 262070
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Excellent! And even better the next day :)"

blufftonnative User ID: 6279645 259147
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"Great soup! Can't sat enough good about it."

dopalenik User ID: 8334409 256396
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"This is a very good basic minestrone. I made a few changes and it still turned out great! I used hot Italian sausage, and since I didn't have any leeks, zucchini, or green beans I left them out. Instead I added some frozen mixed veggies, and used the cabbage instead of spinach. I also precooked my pasta before adding to the soup. Very tasty and satisfying meal!"

foxysimba User ID: 6287829 247297
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"Positively awesome!!!! This is my families favorite new soup!! I have made this soup several times since i found the recipe. I only made a few changes; I used spinach instead of cabbage, frozen green beans, and kidney beans. Thank you for sharing this recipe Linda :)"

Kjs0855 User ID: 6146644 242960
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"My family loved this soup! Very healthy & hearty. This soup will be one of my go to for dinner when it's cold outside."

LisaH1215 User ID: 5854432 241025
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"I omitted the leek & celery, the soup was fantastic!"

ldl450 User ID: 8678238 240422
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"this was my first time making minestrone soup and it was FANTASTIC!!! I've made it three times so far and it has been a big hit in my house!!! Thank you."

SwtTooth16 User ID: 7182649 240368
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"This is the best minestrone I've ever had. I've made it as is and I've also substituted spinach for cabbage and chicken stock for beef and both were delicious! My family raves about it. A definite keeper!"

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 221389
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"This is a fantastic soup. Used hot Italian sausage. No changes. I have a friend who asks when I will be making this soup. We invite her for soup and crusty bread and send her home with some soup. She keeps saying "this is so good,". She is so right! It is heavenly!"

jamerbuddy User ID: 833809 217110
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"We made this for a child that normally doesn't eat veggies and he loved it! We made it as is and it was a perfect winter soup!"

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