Hearty Minestrone soup with sausage has all the veggies and a touch of spicy meat. This is the best hearty soup to combines the wants of veggie and meat lovers alike.
I think I found a new soup winner that pleases both me and Mike.
My favorite soup has got to be Minestrone.
It has a slightly spicy, brothy tomato base and if filled with all the veggies.
Minestrone has the noods. Noodles. I am sold!
Mike’s favorite soup is chicken tortilla.
It is spicy, has chicken, and gets topped with cheese and chips.
The spicier the better.
He settles for my version, drunken chicken tortilla soup.
A week of so ago, I got the not too revolutionary idea to add Italian sausage to my Minestrone soup.
I am sure something like this already exists because honestly, it is just too perfect not to.
It probably has a better, cooler recipe title as well.
Let’s run down all the things in this soup:
- bell pepper
- green beans
- kidney beans
- garbanzo beans
- mild or hot Italian sausage
That alone is a gigantic meal. The adjective hearty in the title, hearty minestrone soup with sausage, is very appropriate.
Hearty minestrone soup has a base made from canned crushed tomatoes, canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes, vegetable/chicken stock, and water.
It is thin enough as to not overshadow the ingredients.
The seasonings in the soup are:
- crushed red pepper flakes
- Italian seasoning
- a Parmesan cheese rind
That’s it! That is all the flavor makers.
I say this all the time, so as another reminder, listen up!
Cook and store your noodles separate from the soup!
Cooking noodles in soup is cool.
I usually adjust the liquids to take into account the fact that the cooking noodles will absorb a lot of that liquid.
I did not do that for this recipe.
The broth in this soup is liquid gold.
I didn’t want it being all absorbed into the noodles.
You can use macaroni, little o’s, ditalini, orzo, or mini cavatelli like I did for this recipe.
Any small noodle you like, really.
When you go to serve the soup, add in the noodles.
Add the cooked noodles after you reheat the leftover soup.
Let them sit for a minute so they warm.
I like to top this soup with Parmesan cheese, more red pepper flakes, fresh basil, and a drizzle of good finishing olive oil.
This soup will be sticking around for a while.
If only I could get the kids to like it.
A battle for a future day/blog post.
Adjust the crushed red pepper flakes if you don't like it with a little kick. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Adjust the crushed red pepper flakes if you don't like it with a little kick.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.