If you want a hearty soup filled with meat, beans, pasta, and vegetables Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage is sure to please!
Mr. C is not a big fan of soup as a dinner. But Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage is so delicious and filling that he requests it. I love it because it’s a one pot meal that is even better the second day! We have dinner the first night and there’s plenty left for lunch the next day. We even have some to send home with the kids. So one pot will feed a family of four!
Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage has everything a delicious dinner needs!
This soup is one my grand kids love and it’s full of vegetables so I feel good serving it to them. I dice up some zucchini, onions, celery, and shred a carrot to get things started. I also mince a few cloves of garlic.
Then I pour some olive oil in the bottom of my soup pot and remove the casing from a pound of Italian sausage. I use hot sausage because we all like the spicy taste but mild sausage works just as well. When the olive oil is hot I brown the Italian sausage until it’s no longer pink. Then I drain it and set it aside.
I add a little more olive oil to the pot and sauté the vegetables for a couple of minutes. Next I add the garlic and cook it all for about 3 minutes more; until the onions are translucent.
Vegetable broth is my choice for this soup because I don’t want a beef or chicken taste. I pour 32 ounces (4 cups) of this broth into the pot and add diced tomatoes and a couple of cans of Great White Northern beans. Of course I’ve rinsed the beans first! I also add oregano, basil, and parsley to the pot and give it a good stir.
Then I bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to blend nicely. Next I pour a cup of little shell pasta into the soup and let it cook for about 8 – 10 minutes. I want the pasta just past al dente.
I ladle the soup into bowls and top it with a little grated Parmesan cheese and serve it piping hot.
Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage is great with my homemade bread sticks!
Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage
Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage is a hearty soup filled with meat, beans, pasta, and vegetables! It's a full meal in a bowl!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 lb. Italian sausage (hot or mild)
- 1 cup zucchini, diced small (peel on or off depending on preference)
- 1 cup onions, diced small
- 1/2 cup celery, diced small
- 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cans (15 ounce) Great White Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes, not drained
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 cups very hot water
- 1 cup small shell pasta
- Parmesan cheese to top bowls of soup (optional)
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large soup pot or Dutch oven.
- Remove Italian sausage from casing and cook over medium high heat until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same pot and sauté onions, zucchini, carrots, and celery for 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic cook for an additional 3 minutes (or until onions are translucent).
- Pour vegetable broth in pot and add tomatoes, beans, herbs, and water.
- Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add pasta and simmer for until pasta is cooked (about 10 minutes).
- Ladle soup into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve hot.