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Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup

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I love making homemade soup for dinner. It makes a filling, inexpensive dinner especially when paired with homemade bread and a tossed salad.  This my second recipe for minestrone soup. The first one used meatballs, but this one uses Italian sausage.  I have to say, I love them both!

I don't usually use canned tomatoes and when I make this again, I won't bother with them so feel free to use any diced tomato you have on hand.

This recipe makes a ton of soup.  We had enough for dinner and several lunches.  If you want to freeze it, freeze after Step 4.  To re-heat, bring to a boil and continue on to Step 5.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup

Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup
An easy and flavorful minestrone soup recipe made with Italian sausage, beans, pasta and lots of vegetables!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 2-4 cups cooked navy or white beans (amount depends on preference)
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasonings
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy stock pot, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add olive oil pan. Sautee carrots, celery, onion, and garlic until tender.
  3. Add broth, beans, tomatoes, bay leaves, Italian seasonings and tomato paste.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in ditalini. Return to boil and cook, uncovered, 6-8 minutes until pasta is tender.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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  • Tanya
    October 19, 2011

    I have been collecting soup recipes lately for Fall. I love a good soup. I’ll have to try this one.

  • Tanya
    October 19, 2011

    I have been collecting soup recipes lately for Fall. I love a good soup. I’ll have to try this one.