Sunday, April 1, 2012


This recipe is based on one from Mark Bittman and contains fresh ingredients, except for the canned beans.  It seems like a long list of ingredients, but goes together rather quickly.  If you're in the mood for a delicious, flavorful and colorful soup, give this a try!

1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped                                                    
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium celery stalk, chopped
1 lb. sausage (I used sweet Italian chicken sausage)
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" chunks
   (I omitted and cooked some Ditalini pasta and set it aside)
6 cups water (I used chicken broth)
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1" pieces
1 bunch kale or escarole, chopped
1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, hat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, celery and sausage.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook stirring often or until veggies begin to soften, about 10-15 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.
Add the potatoes.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are browned.  Add 6 cups water (or broth), stirring to scrape up any brown bits.  Add tomatoes, bring to a boil, and then lower the heat to a simmer.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.

Add zucchini and kale, raising heat to keep mixture at a steady bubble.  Cook until veggies are very tender, another 10-15 minutes.  Stir in beans.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.  Add salt and pepper, if needed.   Add cooked pasta right before serving.  Top with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. 

I am sharing this with:

On the Menu Monday
Table Top Tuesday
Your Cozy Home Party
Rock 'n Share Party
Full Plate Thursday
Thriving on Thursdays
Foodie Friday
Link & Greet Party
Seasonal Sundays
Sunday Night Soup


  1. MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmI just loooooove Minestrone soup! Thanks - going to definately try this one!

    So how did your son's wedding go? Everything go perfectly?



  2. Bobby and I love minestrone, and this one sounds really good! Gonna try it. By the way, the bread came out great...but not quite as good as yours! love and hugs.

  3. Sounds wonderful! I love this type of soup and agree with you, chicken stock is a much better choice:@)

  4. sounds as fabulous as it looks!! i have never used sausage when I make it...thanks for the new twist!!

  5. This looks very tasty, the changes you made sound like good ones!

  6. I always love seeing your soup recipe ideas. This one looks like a winner. Thank you for sharng it for the rest of us to try. I appreciate you joining my party each week.

  7. Hi Kitty,
    Your Minestone is so pretty and looks delicious. I will be ready for something like this after all the rich Easter Food. Hope you have a fabulous Easter Celebration Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. What a great soup! I love anything with kale in it :) I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups (and other soupy dishes such as stocks/chowders/stews/chilis), every Sunday!

    I would love you to come and post this recipe. Just stop by my blog on Sunday - the link will be up!

    I hope to see you there:)

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Sunday Night Soup Night! I'll be hosting every week so I'd love to see you again with your next soup/stock/chowder/stew/chili recipe.

  9. Kitty I just love minestrone soup and yours looks delicious! thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Bridget xo


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