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Minestrone Soup

  • Author: Our Best Bites
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


This Italian sausage and vegetable soup is quick and easy to assemble, then it just needs to simmer to perfection.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 12 small zucchinis, quartered and chopped
  • 1 14.5-ounce can beef broth
  • 1 10-ounce can bean with bacon soup
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Remove sausage from casings and crumble the meat. In a large soup pot, brown Italian sausage with onions and garlic. Carefully drain, if necessary.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, cover, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer on low for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Slow Cooker Instructions: Brown the sausage, onion, and garlic in a frying pan, drain, and then transfer to a slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and cook all day on low.
Freezer Instructions: Cook sausage, onions, and garlic and drain if necessary. Place in a large Ziploc bag or large freezer-safe container. Add remaining ingredients. When ready to cook, Place contents of the bag in a large slow cooker and cook on low for 9-10 hours or on high for 6-8.