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Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

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. YIELD:9 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional 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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Susie77 User ID: 98373 237354
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"This had pretty good flavor even though I cheated and left out the sausage. I wanted a basic minestrone recipe to play with, so went to Taste of Home which never disappoints. Other changes besides leaving out the sausage: I added a can of light red kidney beans, did not use the celery, used two minced garlic cloves, threw in a handful of baby spinach leaves when it was almost done, and a cup of already-cooked tiny shell pasta. This recipe freezes very well. I portioned it into two-person servings and frozen it in quart zippered freezer bags which lay flat in your freezer."

janelynk User ID: 8343911 236967
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Tasty soup and loaded with vegies. We like more broth so added some beef stock and were very pleased."

yoyo1198 User ID: 441674 8441
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"This is just so good it makes my heart smile. I used some chicken broth for some added liquid."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 9253
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Flavor was great for this soup, even when leaving the sausage out. It was a very hearty soup but I added water to it because there wasn't much liquid in it."

Zsa Zsa Kay User ID: 5780180 7625
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"5 stars!! make this a lot.."

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 7622
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I would add less salt next time."

nataliepooh User ID: 1727 7734
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"I didn't have any green peppers, either, so I didn't use them. I added some lentils like the minestrone at the restaurant, so I needed more liquid and added 2 cans of condensed beef broth. This is very delicious!"

ljhv User ID: 2453297 3032
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2008

"I substituted diced carrots for green pepper because that was all I had on hand and this recipe was excellent. Loved it!"

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