Basil Pesto Minestrone With Sweet Italian Sausage

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READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by ncage

I was sitting here one day really hungering for Minestrone. I started putting a little bit of this and a little bit of that until I came up with what I would consider a minestrone that is different from any recipe I've seen on the internet. It turned out excellent--so much so that I couldn't think of not sharing it.

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  1. Bring large soup pan to high heat and add oil. Saute onions, zucchini, celery, carrots, and bay leaves until onions are translucent.
  2. Add stock, tomatoes, beans, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt + pepper to taste, water, green beans, Parmesan rind, and garlic. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. While soup is simmering cook sausage on charcoal/gas grill with a hunk of smoking wood (if available).
  4. Add pasta,spinach, and water and simmer for 25 minutes longer.
  5. When sausage is finished cooking, chop it into small chunks.
  6. Add red wine and sausage and cook for 5 minutes longer.
  7. Serve each bowl with about 1 teaspoon of basil pesto. Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan to taste. Have extra virgin olive oil at table to drizzle in soup.

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