Shortcut Sausage Minestrone Recipe
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Shortcut Sausage Minestrone Recipe

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I call this surprisingly good soup my “kick-butt” soup for its soothing powers. My daughter-in-law always asks for it when she needs a healing touch. —Marta Smith, Claremont, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cut fresh green beans or frozen cut green beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 232 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage, pepper and onion over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.
  2. Add green beans, water, kidney beans, tomatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Stir in ditalini; cook, uncovered, 10-11 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Shortcut Sausage Minestrone in Simple & Delicious August/September 2016

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Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 254510
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016

"Hearty and simple soup - almost more like a chili because of how hearty it was. Only reason I rated it a 4 was because of the simple flavor profile - perfect for the person that doesn't want a lot of spice/seasoning in their food...but unfortunately, I'm not that person! If I make this one again, I'll probably add a teaspoon or 2 or Italian Seasoning to see if that was the missing link for me."

Paige-Markie User ID: 7471422 253621
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"This is really tasty soup! It was easy start to finish, The soup made for a nice lunch this afternoon. I used zucchini instead of green pepper (personal preference) and canned beans from my pantry, cannellini beans. This is a delicious soup! I will be using in my soup rotations this Fall and Winter!"

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