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Simple Sausage Minestrone

 Simple Sausage Minestrone
Chock-full of veggies, this chunky soup is nearly a meal in itself, says Regina Cook of Crowley, Texas. “I got the recipe from my parents, who made it for years. Now my friends ask to come over whenever I make it,” she adds.
2 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 bacon strip, diced
  • 2/3 cup Johnsonville® Polish Kielbasa Sausage or Polish sausage, quartered
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a
  • slotted spoon, remove to paper towel. In the drippings, saute
  • sausage, onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Stir in the carrot and
  • celery. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer or until sausage is lightly
  • browned; drain.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato juice, zucchini and seasonings.

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Directions (continued)

  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or
  • until vegetables are tender. Stir in the beans and macaroni; heat
  • through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bacon. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups (prepared with turkey sausage, reduced-sodium chicken broth and reduced-sodium tomato juice; calculated without salt) equals 277 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 1,194 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 16 g protein.