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Minestrone with Italian Sausage Recipe

Minestrone with Italian Sausage Recipe

I make this zippy, satisfying soup all the time, and it’s my dad’s favorite. The recipe makes a lot, and I have found that it freezes well and tastes just as great reheated. —Linda Reis Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:11 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta shells
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a soup kettle, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, celery, leek and garlic; cook for 3 minutes. Add zucchini and green beans; cook 2 minutes longer.
  • 2. Stir in broth, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • 3. Return to a boil. Stir in the garbanzo beans, pasta and parsley. Cook for 6-9 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 11 servings (about 3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 253 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 910mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Excellent! And even better the next day :)"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"Great soup! Can't sat enough good about it."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"This is a very good basic minestrone. I made a few changes and it still turned out great! I used hot Italian sausage, and since I didn't have any leeks, zucchini, or green beans I left them out. Instead I added some frozen mixed veggies, and used the cabbage instead of spinach. I also precooked my pasta before adding to the soup. Very tasty and satisfying meal!"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"Positively awesome!!!! This is my families favorite new soup!! I have made this soup several times since i found the recipe. I only made a few changes; I used spinach instead of cabbage, frozen green beans, and kidney beans. Thank you for sharing this recipe Linda :)"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"My family loved this soup! Very healthy & hearty. This soup will be one of my go to for dinner when it's cold outside."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"I omitted the leek & celery, the soup was fantastic!"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"this was my first time making minestrone soup and it was FANTASTIC!!! I've made it three times so far and it has been a big hit in my house!!! Thank you."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"This is the best minestrone I've ever had. I've made it as is and I've also substituted spinach for cabbage and chicken stock for beef and both were delicious! My family raves about it. A definite keeper!"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"We made this for a child that normally doesn't eat veggies and he loved it! We made it as is and it was a perfect winter soup!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This soup was wonderful. I used spinach, navy beans and cooked my pasta separately. I served it on Thanksgiving night and there were many compliments. Thanks so much for the best Minestrone that I've ever had!"

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