Upstate Minestrone Soup Recipe
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Upstate Minestrone Soup Recipe

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If you love vegetables, you'll find this minestrone especially satisfying. Keep the recipe in mind when you have a bounty of fresh garden produce. —Yvonne Krantz, Mt. Upton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth, undiluted or 3 beef bouillon cubes plus 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 196 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 1291mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown sausage in oil. Add the onion, carrots, garlic and basil; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the cabbage, zucchini, broth, tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add beans; cook 20 minutes longer. Garnish with parsley.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Upstate Minestrone Soup in Country January/February 1987, p55

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Scrappinjules User ID: 8784860 245231
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"The whole family loved this soup and they are not big soup fans. Next time I would leave out the salt since there's enough sodium in the other ingredients and let people add to their own taste. Very easy and a quick meal!"

hoover1030 User ID: 7668300 119534
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"I am from upstate New York so I had to try this recipe. It is excellent. I have made it 4 times already. I vary it each time with different vegetables that I have on hand. I have used the fire roasted tomatoes and they were great in the soup. I freeze it and take it to work also."

Evercookin User ID: 7602732 191402
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Made some minor changes...used Italian turkey sausage (sweet), beans instead of zucchini because I had fresh green beans on hand. I did not add salt, but did add a dash of Tabasco to add a little zip. The soup was a big hit...will make it often!"

terrimerry User ID: 7060394 111207
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Been making this recipe for about 10 years and it the most delicious soup. Whenever I make it for anyone they always exclaim about how good it is. I make it just as the recipe says but add a bit more cabbage as it cooks up and can hardly be seen. Also I add more garlic."

71Chewie99 User ID: 6713011 111195
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"I haven't made this soup-sounds great but no nutrition information. I usually don't make any recipes unless I know the nutrient content. Possible to add nutrition information to all your recipes? Thanks"

Darlene1679 User ID: 3521440 187682
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"I have been making this soup since it was originally published, and have at least one container in the freezer at all times for quick suppers. I often add an extra can of beef broth and a pint size container of home frozen tomatoes and 2 cans of beans. Change ingredients to match your tastes. This soup is so delicious and a never fail to please meal."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 121425
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"We enjoyed this...very hearty and flavorful."

grizzbear User ID: 497136 189810
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"This is the best minestrone soup I've had. Kudos to you!! Living in the Pacific Northwest, it's chilly quite often, so I make a lot of soups. I will be making this often!"

Gramma Lyd User ID: 2235620 187681
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I had a soup and salad luneheon for my mother's 90th birthday. This recipe doubles nicely. My cousin made a roaster full! There were many compliements. Definately a keeper in this house!"

Montanacooks User ID: 6228420 177682
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I've been making this soup for many, many years and look forward to it each winter. Was hoping to find it online so I could save it as a PDF to my personal recipe box. Adding tortellini or a small pasta is my only change to the recipe but I make sure to cook the pasta separately so that the soup stays a soup and not a stew."

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