Spicy Minestrone With Sausage

“This is a recipe that I got from my mother. I think that she got it from a mag. or newspaper some time ago. This is a good winter warm up soup! It has a little spice, not too much though. Enjoy!! A few step savers: You can use frozen diced onion and green peppers. Use bouillon cubes and water for beef stock. Use crushed garlic in a jar.”
READY IN:
1hr 15mins
SERVES:
6
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cut sausage into pieces.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Mince garlic.
  4. Dice potato and bell pepper.
  5. Cut zucchini in quarters lengthwise and then slice.
  6. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.
  7. Cook sausage until browned, about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain on paper towels, saving 1 tbs fat.
  9. Cook onion, garlic, potato and bell pepper in fat and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add sausage, tomatoes with their liquid, herbs, spices, pepper flakes, salt & pepper to taste and stock.
  11. Bring to a boil.
  12. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until potato is tender, about 30 minutes.
  13. Stir in kidney beans with their liquid, zucchini and pasta and simmer until pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
  14. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper if needed.
  15. Pass cheese with the soup and let guests help themselves.

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