Friday, January 12, 2018

Sausage Minestrone Soup - THE BEST!


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: 

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!


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

    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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