Minestrone With Italian Sausage

"I got this recipe from Taste of Home and recently made it. It is a tasty satisfying soup. I did use frozen green beans instead of the fresh. This recipe does make a lot, but it does freeze well and tastes great reheated."
Minestrone With Italian Sausage created by breezermom
Ready In:
1hr 25mins
3 quarts




  • In soup kettle, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the carrots, celery, leek and garlic; cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add zucchini and green beans; cook 2 minutes longer.
  • Stir in broth, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, oregano and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover, simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Return to a boil, stir in garbanzo beans, pasta and parsley.
  • Cook for 6-9 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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  1. Spencer 2
    Excellent. I will definitely make again for a large group.
  2. breezermom
    Minestrone With Italian Sausage Created by breezermom
  3. breezermom
    I halved this recipe, and it still made a lot! I made exactly as posted (except for halving) except I added a little more beef broth...mine looked too dry to cook the pasta! I had to add another 5 minutes to the final cooking time to get the pasta tender...this could be my stove. I have an electric smooth top and the low seems really low! The taste is fantastic...I'll definitely make again. I can't wait to try it after it has sat in the refrigerator for a day....I bet it will be phenomenal. I made this for Gimme 5 Tag!
  4. bluemoon downunder
    YES, this recipe certainly makes a lot of soup, but that's not a problem: I always love stashing future meals away in the freezer. The last couple of soups I've made have tasted so unbelievably better a few days later, so I made this two days ago and we enjoyed it tonight. Fantastic: we just savoured each and every spoonful. I made this exactly to the recipe except for using 3 leeks and adding some rosemary and sage to the other herbs, and my basil was fresh. Gosh, it's great when you have a herb growing healthily and abundantly! I used a Savoy cabbage (always more flavoursome) and used my favourite sausages from my butcher's: excellent chicken and chive sausages. Thank you for sharing this super recipe Lainey. I'm intending to do what I believe the great chefs of Europe have always done: never really empty the pot when making further batches, so when I bring a batch from the freezer that will be the base for the next minestrone, and I'll make sure that some is reserved to become the base for the next batch etc.. I once ate a minestrone in a university college and it was just superb. When I asked after the recipe, I was told that the chef - who'd been there for many years - had always done just that! So I suppose I should report in on this further in a year's time - or in ten year's time? Made for PRMR. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
  5. roxyzion
    Best minestrone ever! I love spicy food, and the italian sausage gave punch and body to a soup that tends to overpower with tomato. I would serve this with a crusty sourdough, and I wouldn't hesitate to serve this to family or friends! I would advise using fresh veggies to avoid sogginess when reheating.


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