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Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup. Packed with vegetables in a rich, tomatoey broth enhanced with the addition of Sweet Italian Sausage.
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Minstrone Italian Sausage Soup

Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup ~ hearty, comfort soup loaded with vegetables and italian sausage in a rich tomato broth. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Minestrone Soup with Sausage
Servings: 4
Calories:

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Italian sausage sweet or mild, not hot and loose/no casing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup red wine dry, not sweet
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can Great Northern beans drained
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 ¼ cup frozen green beans
  • ½ cup pasta ditalini or other tiny variety
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • 1/3 cup basil sliced into ribbons
  • Parmesan cheese for grating over soup

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it browns.
  • Once the sausage has browned add a drizzle of olive oil, then drop in the carrots, celery, onion and garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are soft, but not browned. The carrots won’t be tender at this point.
  • Add the wine to the pot, scraping the brown bits off and cook 2 minutes.
  • Blend in the tomato paste and cook another 2 minutes then stir in the diced and crushed tomatoes.
  • Drop in the bay leaf, oregano, canned beans and chicken stock. NOTE: if your parmesan cheese has a rind, add it to the soup now for extra flavor.
  • Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  • Fold in the green beans, pasta, parsley and basil and cook until the pasta is al dente.
  • Grate some parmesan cheese over the top of each bowl and enjoy with a slice or two of good bakery type bread.