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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
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, celery and leek; cook for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, green beans and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Stir in the 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 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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AmericanDutchess User ID: 6554617 262070
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

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

blufftonnative User ID: 6279645 259147
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

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

dopalenik User ID: 8334409 256396
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!"

foxysimba User ID: 6287829 247297
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 :)"

Kjs0855 User ID: 6146644 242960
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."

LisaH1215 User ID: 5854432 241025
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

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

ldl450 User ID: 8678238 240422
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."

SwtTooth16 User ID: 7182649 240368
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!"

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 221389
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"This is a fantastic soup. Used hot Italian sausage. No changes. I have a friend who asks when I will be making this soup. We invite her for soup and crusty bread and send her home with some soup. She keeps saying "this is so good,". She is so right! It is heavenly!"

jamerbuddy User ID: 833809 217110
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!"

violinplayer User ID: 3746755 163702
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!"

Marykauhi User ID: 6011692 168716
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I've made it with the cabbage and now with spinach replacing the cabbage. I love it both ways but perhaps the spinach has the edge for me."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 163145
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I made mine in the slow cooker and added spinach. It was very good. I also used turkey sausage."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 148619
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I made mine in the slow cooker and added spinach. It was very good."

nannaboo User ID: 1460214 118698
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"Sounds wonderful! Any idea how it would be without the cabbage?"

saltybeefnstickyrice User ID: 6742123 208666
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"Mmmm, mmmm good! Made mine in the slow cooker, adding the pasta at the end. So thick it almost doesn't seem like a soup. Great for taking to work for lunch."

jayjay62 User ID: 6480051 148935
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"My family loved this recipe. I used cannellini beans instead of garbanzos and it was great. I like a little more broth so I added a medium can of tomato sauce and an extra can of beef broth. It came out great! I will make this again soon."

Jodyleighton User ID: 6297501 94766
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Best minestrone my family has ever had! Thanks for the great recipe!"

chneryl User ID: 2509943 148934
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I found this recipe in a friend's TOH magazine. This is the recipe that made me subscribe to TOH. Everyone loves & asks for me to make it for every gathering. I add 1/4 to 1/2 lb of hot sausage when I want a little kick. I am never disappointed in this soup."

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 94765
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I followed this recipe without any came out great! Everyone said it was the BEST minestrone they have ever had. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!"

kristinscotth User ID: 2609242 168708
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this soup, mostly because I'm not a fan of garbanzo beans. Both my husband and I thought it tasted like lasagna in soup form with the Italian sausage, the tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. I would recommend this recipe, and make it again, but perhaps the next time, I would substitute kidney beans for the garbanzos."

ytrewq User ID: 2220035 163697
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"This is a wonderful soup! It makes plenty.

Shared some with our next door neighbors.
They really enjoyed it! This is a keeper recipe."

danthecook User ID: 5488651 163679
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"By far the best minestrone I have ever tasted."

crabbem User ID: 3022384 118688
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This is a fabulous recipe. I have made it many times and I always get the same response from my family, "why don't you make this more often!" I often times don't have all the ingredients, but use what I have. As long as you have the sausage it turns out each time."

jdoepel User ID: 1893886 149160
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"My family voted this the all-time best soup I've ever made. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I've made this for so many and it ALWAYS gets fantastic reviews!"

ytrewq User ID: 2220035 168707
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"Mmm Mmm Good! Husband and I love this recipe. Made it last night and will definitely make it again. Keep these delicious recipes coming!! Thanks."

Birdbrain777 User ID: 1278276 149146
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"Made this soup for a work luncheon, and it was a big hit. While it was cooking, it smelled so wonderful that my picky-eater son asked for some, then had seconds!! This is a new favorite at our house! I did double the amount of pasta shells, though."

JaimeJackson User ID: 3944594 94794
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"Mom husband is the usual "don't like vegetables" kind of guy, but he loves this soup and always wants me to make it..."

kindyklein User ID: 2370329 94792
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"This is the best minestrone soup I have ever had. I have used ground turkey with Italian seasoning as a substitute for the Italian sausage to lighten it up. This is a soup that I always have in my frig as an after school snack for my daughters. A must for any recipe box"

angelawati User ID: 3131954 94764
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"This is one of the best homemade soups I've ever made! I've made it many times and have even made it without the Italian sausage and substituted vegetable broth, to make it healthier. I usually omit the leek and it turns out great. It is also great with a little crushed red pepper added for a little zip!"

Superju User ID: 4668160 208665
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. My daughter loved help making it. A great cold weather recipe!!"

Elfman42 User ID: 3891696 148931
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2009

"Incredible. I used garden roma tomatoes that were frozen; I ran them under hot water to peel them, then coarsely chopped them. I added salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to bring their flavour up. I also used frozen french green beans.

The outcome was amazing and very well received. I will definitely be making this one again!"

Southernmama User ID: 81270 163030
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"If this doesn't warm you up nothing ever will. I've used both hot and mild Italian sausage and both are equally welcome on our table. Thanks for sharing!"

nsherman User ID: 1529113 163029
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"I have made this soup many times and it is FANTASTIC!!! Can't recommend it enough. Nothing better on a cold, wintery day."

150113 User ID: 2070798 149045
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"I accidentally bought a lb of bulk sausage instead of the Italian sausage, so I added some extra seasonings. Also, I skipped the green beans, forgot basil, and added about 1/2 tsp. fennel seed and little carraway seeds. Also, no parsely, and used about 1/3 of a 1 lb box of pasta instead of 1/2 C. The whole family loved this recipe, I suggest preparing the recipe up to adding the pasta, then giving it a night in the fridge, to let the flavors blend. When your ready to eat, bring it up to a boil and add the pasta, and you got a great healthy dinner."

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