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Shortcut Sausage Minestrone

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

6 servings (2 quarts)

I call this surprisingly good soup my magic soup because of its soothing powers. My daughter-in-law always asks for it when she needs a healing touch. —Marta Smith, Claremont, Pennsylvania
Shortcut Sausage Minestrone Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cut fresh green beans or frozen cut green beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta

Directions

  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage, pepper and onion over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles; drain.
  2. Add green beans, water, kidney beans, tomatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Stir in ditalini; cook, uncovered, 10-11 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 232 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 16g protein.

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