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Hearty Minestrone Soup

This fresh-tasting minestrone soup gets its zesty flavor from Italian sausage. When you want to use up your garden bounty of zucchini, try this recipe. If your family likes food extra spicy, use hot bulk Italian sausage instead. —Donna Smith, Fairport, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook the sausage until no longer pink. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings for 5 minutes. Add sausage and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 224 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 901mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.

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