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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I've made it with the cabbage and now with spinach replacing the cabbage. I love it both ways but perhaps the spinach has the edge for me."

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I made mine in the slow cooker and added spinach. It was very good. I also used turkey sausage."

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I made mine in the slow cooker and added spinach. It was very good."

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"Sounds wonderful! Any idea how it would be without the cabbage?"

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Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"Mmmm, mmmm good! Made mine in the slow cooker, adding the pasta at the end. So thick it almost doesn't seem like a soup. Great for taking to work for lunch."

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