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Minestrone in Minutes

Making this minestrone is a quick trick. It will be hard to wait while it is simmering.—Sherrie Pfister, Hollandale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min.
  • Makes
    2 quarts


  • 3 sweet or hot Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 small zucchini, cubed
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients except cheese. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Sprinkle with cheese.

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  • cheriwinkle
    Jan 8, 2010

    QUESTION: I believe 8 servings from 2 quarts would make the serving 1 CUP rather than 1/2 cup, wouldn't it?

  • lanabanana73
    Dec 26, 2009

    No comment left

  • lwolgemuth
    Oct 6, 2009

    This is absolutly delicious. I did not have bouillon cubes so substituted 1 (14oz) can of chicken broth and added 1cup of water instead of the 3 cups. After having leftovers my husband thought it tasted better that after it was just made. He really likes this soup and it was so good on a chilly day. It's a keeper!!