Main-Dish Minestrone

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by bert2421

This makes a great hearty soup. Serve it with some good French bread and you have a meal!

Top Review by Peera

This was a lovely, hearty soup. My 3-year old devoured his share and then started stealing out of our bowls! Just the thing to warm you up on a grey spring day.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In large heavy saucepan, heat oil and butter.
  2. Add sausage; brown lightly.
  3. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrot and green pepper; cook until softened but not browned.
  4. Stir in parsley, basil, thyme, bay leaf and a little salt& pepper.
  5. Stir in tomatoes and stock.
  6. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add cabbage, beans and macaroni.
  8. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes.
  9. If too thick, dilute with water to desired consistency.
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  11. A nice variation on this soup is to add ground beef instead of sausage, and beef stock instead of chicken stock.
  12. Add 3/4 cup dried lentils and 1/4 cup barley instead of macaroni and kidney beans.

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