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Sausage Minestrone Soup

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Sausage Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone is a thick and hearty Italian-style soup made with a variety of colorful vegetables and your choice of beans, pasta or rice. Historically, making minestrone is something you would do at the end of the week for the purpose of using vegetables that were leftover from the previous days. That’s something we don’t really need to do these days since it’s so easy to get fresh vegetables from the supermarket. But if you order minestrone soup at a restaurant on a Sunday or Monday, you may be helping the chef keep costs down because it’s a way to use leftover vegetables that accumulated over the week…

Minestrone is a really versatile soup. You can make a vegan or vegetarian version using vegetable broth and lentils, kidney, or white beans. Alternatively, you can make a soup with a chicken broth base, chunks of chicken, beef or sausage.

For our sausage minestrone soup, we used Aidells smoked Italian-style chicken sausage, which is made with roasted garlic, basil, and mozzarella cheese. The links are hand-stuffed in casings and then slow-cooked over hardwood chips.

Aidells also has handcrafted, Mediterranean-accented smoked chicken sausage in two varieties: Artichoke and Garlic and organic Spinach and Feta. Aidells Sun-Dried Tomato smoked chicken sausage with Mozzarella Cheese has sweet basil and garlic. Chorizo double-smoked chicken sausage links are richly flavored with paprika, garlic, and other Spanish accents.

Before serving your homemade sausage minestrone soup, garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 celery stalk (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 1 zucchini (diced)
  • 2 boiling potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 30 oz. chopped tomatoes (2 cans)
  • 2 cups shredded kale (or chard)
  • 15 oz. white beans (rinsed and drained, 1 can)
  • 1/2 cup small shell pasta
  • 1 pkg. Aidells® Smoked Chicken Sausage, Italian Style with Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish, optional)
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    1. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, zucchini and potatoes and cook, stirring until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the stock and tomatoes and bring to simmer.
    2. Simmer until the vegetables are almost cooked through, about 10 minutes.
    3. Add the kale or chard, beans and pasta and simmer until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.
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    Calories460Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat2g10%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate65g22%
    Dietary Fiber11g44%
    Vitamin A90%
    Vitamin C80%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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    Jessica Milburn 2 years ago
    we really liked it used Italian sausage, definitely need a big stock pot
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    ASunflower 1. 2 years ago
    it was delicious...i didnt even have to deviate from recipe. i did add a little bit of accent to the dish...
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    Gloria Perez 2 years ago
    This soup was amazing! I used spicy Italian sausage and added more seasoning and it was a hit!
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    Leena Reece 2 years ago
    Souper thick and hearty! Just what I was looking for.
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    Kathy 2 years ago
    Really good and hearty!
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    MaryFran 3 years ago
    Wonderful minestrone. I had to make some changes based on what I had on hand--it was too cold and blustery to run out to the grocery store for what I was missing. I'm almost ashamed to leave this review because I do try always to make a new recipe exactly as written, but it didn't happen this time and the end result is too good not to share! I used my Instant Pot as another reviewer mentioned and used the saute function to brown the sausage, garlic, onion, celery, and carrot. I used bulk Italian sausage because that's what I had and since zucchini and potatoes are not welcome in my minestrone according to my Italian husband, I also omitted them. Beef stock instead of chicken, baby spinach instead of kale, a can of rinsed kidney beans with the white beans, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley with the fresh basil. And a splash or two of red wine because why not?! The only other change I made was to cook the pasta (farfalle) separately because my sweetheart has Parkinson's Disease and sometimes has difficulty swallowing pasta and noodles. I served with the fresh Parm and some crusty garlic bread, and we were like hogs at the trough. So good! Easy to make, enough to freeze for another meal, and a soup recipe that's written for only 4 servings. I will definitely make it again.
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    Jazmin Alarcon 3 years ago
    Delicious and full of flavor! I used my instant pot and followed the exact instructions on the sauté setting. I also added some paprika and doubled the amount of kale.
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    Michelle K. 3 years ago
    Very good! I did not add potatoes and swapped the kale for spinach. Great flavors and took less time to make than I thought.
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    Joe Vespalec 3 years ago
    It turned out great. The parm made the soup I would make this again
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    Todd Lemas 3 years ago
    Super easy and tastes great! Will make again!
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    tracy beaudette 3 years ago
    Turned out very good and a very easy recipe to follow. I will be making this again!!
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    kara fox 3 years ago
    It was really good! Not too hard to make, just took a bit of time to prep. Will be making this again heading into the old season. I needed to print out the recipe though and that wasn’t available.