Spicy Minestrone With Sausage

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a recipe that I got from my mother. I think that she got it from a mag. or newspaper some time ago. This is a good winter warm up soup! It has a little spice, not too much though. Enjoy!! A few step savers: You can use frozen diced onion and green peppers. Use bouillon cubes and water for beef stock. Use crushed garlic in a jar.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut sausage into pieces.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Mince garlic.
  4. Dice potato and bell pepper.
  5. Cut zucchini in quarters lengthwise and then slice.
  6. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.
  7. Cook sausage until browned, about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain on paper towels, saving 1 tbs fat.
  9. Cook onion, garlic, potato and bell pepper in fat and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add sausage, tomatoes with their liquid, herbs, spices, pepper flakes, salt & pepper to taste and stock.
  11. Bring to a boil.
  12. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until potato is tender, about 30 minutes.
  13. Stir in kidney beans with their liquid, zucchini and pasta and simmer until pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
  14. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper if needed.
  15. Pass cheese with the soup and let guests help themselves.
Most Helpful

This is the greatest minestrone soup. I have made it 2 times and it is wonderful. So full of flavor and a little kick with the hot Italian sausage. This soup will be part of our diets for years to come.
Love it. Easy to make and very filling.

irishjuanita December 29, 2010

This is a great soup! Thanks for the posting.

wetcat2738 February 01, 2007

I have tried a lot of different minestrone recipes, and this is probably the best of them all. The fennel adds a nice little kick without overpowering, and the flavors blend beautifully. I used homemade turkey stock instead of beef and an Italian chicken sausage. Also a red bell pepper instead of green. Fabulous comfort food! Thank you so much for sharing it.

Paula5 March 13, 2005