Minestrone With Chicken and Sausage

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I adapted this recipe from a book called Pure Poultry. I wanted a soup that was hearty, yet still felt fairly light. This really fit the bill. The pesto really adds to the flavor of the final dish, so I highly recommend using it. Serve with a loaf of italian bread to soak up the remaining broth. If you have homemade chicken stock, use it here- the flavor really comes through. When you are prepping your ingredients, remember to cut them in small pieces, so they will fit on your spoon.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Defat the sausage- Place the sausages in a sauce pan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and let boil for 5 minutes. Drain, and when cool enough to handle, chop into small dice.
  2. Add the oil to a large pot, and heat over a medium flame until the oil is warm and fragrant. Add the onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken and sausage, and continue to cook, until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  4. Add the carrots, celery, stock, beans, tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme and remaining salt. Cover, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Add the pasta, simmer another 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.
  7. To serve, ladle into warm soup bowls, and top with a tablespoon of pesto (if using).
Most Helpful

Wonderful and delicious ! I left out the chicken and added a diced green pepper out of my garden. Perfect soup for a winters night.

katew May 25, 2011

Just wonderful soup; filling and good for you! I cut way back on the oil and upped the veggies and omitted the beans and chicken. The flavours were just perfect - I love orzo in soups.

Deantini February 22, 2011

Made this for a neighbor couple whose family was visiting for several days & it was a big hit! Used homemade chicken stock, some frozed cubed chicken breast & a mild Italian sausage ~ All of which helped to make this a great tasting soup! And another time, although I'm not usually one to make soup for company, I'd like to make this very special dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike February 27, 2009