Friday, January 12, 2018

Sausage Minestrone Soup - THE BEST!

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I made the YUMMIEST soup last night.
We snarfed it so fast I forgot to take a pic so the Soup Nazi will have to do 😂

Last week Joe and I had a mid-week date night at the OG for dinner {haven't been there in forever and man it tasted good!} and per usual I ordered the soup, salad and breadsticks.

I was so full after my 1 bowl of gnocchi and 1 bowl of toscana {plus 5 million breadsticks, lets be honest} that I didn't have any room in my stomach for the minestone.

And I've been craving minestrone but fun fact: 
Did you know that what makes minestrone MINESTRONE is that it's all veggies and pasta - - no meat?

I didn't.

{Sometimes I'm amazed that I received a college degree, you guys!}

So I took a recipe that I found and added some meat into that baby and boy oh BOY - - it was a hit!! 

Even Cars - my NON-soup eater told me:
"Mom - - you're really turning me onto soup lately."
😂
True story.

So here ya go.  It's soup season and I'm demanding that you try this.  OH - - and an added bonus: 
IT's A CROCK POT RECIPE!!!!!!

So really, everyone wins!

Sausage Minestrone Soup

4 cups vegetable broth
{all I could find at my local grocery store was the organic kind.  And if I'm being honest I was afraid it was gonna taste gross.  But have no fear - - it didn't! So just grab what you can find.}

2 cups water

2 cans diced tomatoes with garlic, onion and basil
{not mandatory to get this kind but it gives it extra flavor for sure.}

2 tsp. dried parsley

2 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

3/4 tsp dried and crushed rosemary

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup diced onions

1 cup diced carrots

1 - 1 1/2 cup diced zuchinni
{I peeled most of mine}

1 can drained, dark red kidney beans

1 can drained, white navy beans 

Throw ALL of this in the crockpot together.  Mix it all up with a spoon so the seasonings go everywhere.

BROWN: 1 lb. sausage.  
Drain and add to the crockpot.

Cook on low for 4 - 6 hours.

ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE YOU PLAN TO EAT - - cook 1 cup of mini shell pasta {elbow pasta would work too!} per package instructions. Drain the pasta and add to the soup.  

ALSO ADD: 1 can of Italian green beans, drained

Boom shacka lacka - - it is SO good.  Serve with warm rolls and crackers to dip.

Thank heavens for leftovers this weekend!

3 comments:

  1. This will be my dinner for the week! Thanks so much for sharing! Love your site and have been following for years! :)

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    1. Yay! You are so sweet. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Hope you love it as much as we did. Xoxo

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