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Shortcut Sausage Minestrone

I call this surprisingly good soup my magic soup because of its soothing powers. My daughter-in-law always asks for it when she needs a healing touch. —Marta Smith, Claremont, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2 quarts)


  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cut fresh green beans or frozen cut green beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage, pepper and onion over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles; drain.
  • Add green beans, water, kidney beans, tomatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Stir in ditalini; cook, uncovered, 10-11 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 232 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • DianeC23
    Nov 16, 2017

    This soup is very good, and quite filling! I used turkey smoked sausage, cut finely instead of the sausage recommended. I'll be making this again!

  • Ham_Sammich
    Sep 23, 2016

    Hearty and simple soup - almost more like a chili because of how hearty it was. Only reason I rated it a 4 was because of the simple flavor profile - perfect for the person that doesn't want a lot of spice/seasoning in their food...but unfortunately, I'm not that person! If I make this one again, I'll probably add a teaspoon or 2 or Italian Seasoning to see if that was the missing link for me.

  • Paige-Markie
    Sep 3, 2016

    This is really tasty soup! It was easy start to finish, The soup made for a nice lunch this afternoon. I used zucchini instead of green pepper (personal preference) and canned beans from my pantry, cannellini beans. This is a delicious soup! I will be using in my soup rotations this Fall and Winter!