Monday, January 9, 2012

Hearty American Minestrone

Minestrone, Italian translation:"Big Soup"

Colorful, flavorful and delicious.

Although it's roots are Italian, we omit the beans, cabbage, zucchini and fresh herbs to create an american version of the nourishing classic minestrone.  

  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup celery
  • 16 ounces of diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 1 pound Italian mild sausage (casings removed)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Parsley to garnish
Saute sausage until completely cooked, breaking up into small pieces. Set aside.

Saute carrots, onion and celery in oil for 8 minutes. Add garlic, shallots and 1 cup of water. Saute for another 8 minutes or until vegetables soften.

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.

In a soup pot, add tomatoes, chicken broth, salt & sausage. Next, add saute vegetable mixture & basil. Let simmer for 30 minutes.  Just before serving add macaroni.

Serves 8.

        Which ingredients make your minestrone special? 


  1. Yummy! I'm going to have to try this one in the next couple of officially craving it! =)


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