Italian Sausage Minestrone #ComfortFood

It has been one long, cold winter already here in New England.  Though my switch to eating healthier has been pretty easy overall, I've been struggling with finding warm, comforting foods for the season, so this event came at the perfect time.   I don't make tons of soups, but when I was searching for recipes, this Italian Sausage Minestrone really stood out to me.

I used hot turkey sausage, and there was very little fat to drain.  You can't get much better than the smell of carrots, celery, onions and garlic softening in oil. Some people think soup takes a long time, but this comes together pretty quickly.  If you are serving the entire batch right away, it's easy to add the pasta, bring everything back up to a boil and cook it through.  For single servings, watch that the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the vessel and burn. Thank you Elizabeth R for the wonderful recipe!

Need more #ComfortFood ideas?  Check out the links at the bottom of the post.  Thank you so much to Cindy for hosting and to all the other #FestiveFoodies for their awesome dishes!




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Italian Sausage Minestrone
  • 1 pound Mild Italian Sausage (I used hot turkey sausage)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 onion, medium, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 15oz cans cannelini beans
  • 2 14 1/2oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • Additional ingredients
  • 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta
  • shredded parmesan cheese
In a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In the same pan, saute the carrots, celery, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, tomato paste and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool soup; transfer to freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. To use frozen soup: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Stir in ditalini; return to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese. Yield: 13 servings (3-1/4 quarts). Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/italian-sausage-minestrone

Enjoy these great #ComfortFood ideas from #FestiveFoodies!

Cheesesteak Pizza from Cindy's Recipes and Writings.
Chicken Alfredo Lasagna from A Day in the LIfe on the Farm
Chicken Cordon Bleu from Family Around the Table.
Chicken Zoodle Soup from Everyday Eileen.
Creole Jambalaya from Caroline's Cooking.
Crock Pot Turkey Breast and Gravy from Cookaholic Wife.
Dill Weed Deviled Eggs from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice.
General Tso's Chicken from Palatable Pastime.
Homemade "Hot Pocket" Sandwiches from Frugal Pantry.
Italian Sausage Minestrone from Jolene's Recipe Journal.
Lighter Chicken Pot Pie from Kate's Recipe Box.
Turkey Sausage & Penne Skillet from Amy's Cooking Adventures.


Comments

  1. Love Minestrone and love the addition of meat to this version.

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    1. It really hit the spot with all the cold weather we've been having!

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  2. I'm a BIG soup fan! This minestrone sounds so hearty and comforting!

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    1. I've been kind of boring when it comes to soup, so glad I'm finally branching out.

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  3. This sounds like the perfect meal for the cold weather we've been having lately. I'd happily stay inside with a big ol' steaming bowl of this soup!!!

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    1. We're hitting 50 degrees today, it's going to feel like summer out there! But then back to winter Saturday :)

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  4. This is the kind of thing that's just perfect on cold days as we have been having recently!

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    1. I've got a stockpile in the freezer too, because I know this January thaw is not going to last long!

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  5. I love a good Italian soup any day of the week. Warms me right up!

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    1. I definitely have to add more soups to my recipe rotation!

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    1. I was actually a little disappointed when I saw we were getting a January thaw! But I've got some in the freezer for when the temps go back to normal :)

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  7. I am all about comforting soup. Love the addition of the sausage...delicious!

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    1. It's filling but not heavy! And so perfect for the weather right now :)

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