SAUSAGE MINESTRONE

July 18, 2019

MINESTRONE. It’s such a pleasant little soup. Lots of vegetables which always make a dish pretty. It’s not an expensive meal to make, and yet it doesn’t feel cheap. This is what I want in a weeknight dinner, friends.

And it’s in the slow cooker, so it’s easy. Slow cookers aren’t good for everything; we all know this. BUT soups are one of my top picks for the trusty slow cooker.

You can put your sliced sausage right in at the beginning, or I sometimes brown them in a little olive oil for some crispness and add at the end! I used sausage from Kiolbassa, a family owned smoked meats company in San Antonio.

Sausage Minestrone
Serves eight

13 ounces sausage (I use Kiolbassa’s Roasted Garlic)
4 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, minced
24 ounces canned diced tomatoes (with juice!)
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 parmesan rind
15 ounces white beans
15 ounces kidney beans
6 cups broth
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon pepper
A dash of red pepper flake
1/2 pound small pasta (I use orecchiette)
2 zucchini, diced
2 cups spinach
Fresh basil
Grated parmesan

Place sausage, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, garlic, parmesan rind, white beans, kidney beans, broth, oregano, parsley, pepper, and red pepper flake into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.

When 30 minutes of cook time remains, add pasta and zucchini.

Stir in spinach. Serve topped with basil and grated parmesan.

SAUSAGE MINESTRONE
 
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Ingredients
  • 13 ounces sausage (I use Kiolbassa's Roasted Garlic)
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 24 ounces canned diced tomatoes (with juice!)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 parmesan rind
  • 15 ounces white beans
  • 15 ounces kidney beans
  • 6 cups broth
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • A dash of red pepper flake
  • ½ pound small pasta (I use orecchiette)
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Fresh basil
  • Grated parmesan
Instructions
  1. Place sausage, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, garlic, parmesan rind, white beans, kidney beans, broth, oregano, parsley, pepper, and red pepper flake into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. When 30 minutes of cook time remains, add pasta and zucchini.
  3. Stir in spinach. Serve topped with basil and grated parmesan.

 

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