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Main Dish Minestrone

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Main Dish Minestrone
4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)
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A flavorful soup, made mostly from ingredients that are already on the kitchen shelf. Serve with a fresh, crusty bread for a hearty meal.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) whole tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat the oil. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and green pepper and saute until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, chicken stock, cabbage, and herbs. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the macaroni and beans and cook until the macaroni is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Updated Thursday, May 23rd, 2002

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One Response to Main Dish Minestrone

  1. Anonymous January 30, 2006 at 9:45 am #

    Doubled it, subbed turkey sausage, deleted the cabbage, upped the garlic. Very good and even better the second day.

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