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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup cooked small pasta shells
  • 4 ounces Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes with liquid, cut up
  • 1 cup V8 juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, combine broth and water; bring to a boil. Add zucchini and pasta; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cook uncovered until pasta is tender, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in sausage, tomatoes and V8 juice; cook, uncovered, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Smoked Sausage Minestrone in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Winter 2009, p46

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