Minestrone Soup

"This is by far the best soup that I have ever had. I found this recipe in a cookbook called A Collection of the Very Finest Recipes. I have slightly adapted the recipe, but not by much."
photo by Barenakedchef photo by Barenakedchef
photo by Barenakedchef
photo by VickyJ photo by VickyJ
photo by VickyJ photo by VickyJ
photo by VickyJ photo by VickyJ
Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Saute sausage until brown.
  • Add onion, garlic, carrots, and basil and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add zucchini, tomatoes with liquid, bouillon, cabbage, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring soup to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer covered for an hour.
  • Rinse beans. Add the beans, rice, and wine.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, or until rice is done.
  • You can eat this now and top with cheddar cheese, but it is even better the next day.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. VERY GOOD... I added additional broth for a brothier soup.. It was a little too thick with just 2 cans of broth. This is real tasty!
  2. Warm and rich soup that is perfect for a cold winter evening! I also used additional broth and it was delicious. Thanks for posting!
  3. Changed the rice to noodles and added some parmesan, but other than that, no changes. Even the husband loved it!
  4. This was delicious and easy, plus very versatile! My husband is learning how to cook and I found this recipe for him to try. He did it and it was delicious! We used hamburger meat instead of sausage because it was what we had. Fantastic!
  5. Just delicious. It tasted just like cabbage rolls. It was easy, and tasted like it had cooked much longer than it actually had. A keeper. Thanks.


<p>I am an estate planning and asset protection attorney.&nbsp;&nbsp;I have one daughter, Jacqueline, who was born 6/26/2007.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Since I cannot afford to eat at upscale restaurants every night of the week, I cook to meet my high standards for variety, quality, and creativity in my meals. Recipezaar has made it so incredibly easy to meet these goals!!! <br /><br />I am totally obsessed with cooking, and I couldn't stop if I wanted to. It is as natural to me as breathing. I can remember looking through my mother's cookbooks as soon as I could read. While I mostly prefer modern recipes, I do have some old time favorites. I use the same Betty Crocker cookbook my mother uses. It is the 2nd Edition Betty Crocker cookbook reprinted in 1956. I found it at a used book store. I also use a Pillbury cookbook, a Fanny Farmer cookbook, The New Basics Cookbook and Great Good Food (both by Julee Ross). I also find good recipes in Cooking Light and Southern Living magazines. <br /><br />While I have discovered and love Paula Deen, my cooking is taking a new direction. I am trying to eat more monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), less saturated fats, more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber, and more omega 3s, i.e., basically the Mediterranean diet. I am doing it not only to maintain a healthy weight, but also for my long term health. I am not saying goodbye to all the luscious things I used to eat, I am just changing how much of those I eat. <br /><br />I am probably somewhat demanding in my reviews. If the recipe is not a WOW meal, I probably won't give it a 5 star rating. With so many recipes on 'Zaar, there is no reason to settle for less than 5 stars every night of the week! <br /><br />I have recenlty become interested in foodie fiction, since I am a foodie! Someday I will write a book that involves cooking. I am not sure if I should write a fiction book or non fiction, but I know that I love to read anything that involves cooking. <br /><br /><img src=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/untitled.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting /> <br /><br /><img src=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/200_artistrichardneuman-art-prints_.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting /> <br /><br /><img src=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/IWasAdoptedfall08.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket /></p>
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes