Italian Sausage Minestrone

  • 1 lb. mild Italian sausage (any casings removed)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cans (14 ounces) diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked small sized pasta - I used small ring pasta
  • 2 cups baby spinach

In a large stockpot, brown the sausage, adding the onion and carrots halfway though the browning process. Add the tomato paste, green beans, zucchini, garlic, and seasonings. Stir well and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.

Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the broth and water. Stir, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the beans and zucchini are tender. Add the salt and pepper, along with the pasta and spinach. Cook an additional 5 minutes before serving.

  • Yields: 6-8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 40 minutes
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