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Easy Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup is just that - ridiculously easy, but also insanely delicious! Italian Minestrone soup is the perfect soup for beginners. 

Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian, soup
Keyword minestrone soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Morgan

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs of Italian Sausage*
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of kidney beans
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups assorted vegetables chopped
  • 1 cup white wine
  • water or unsalted stock****
  • Salt pepper, Italian seasoning
  • 4 oz Frozen spinach whole leaf
  • ditalini pasta

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, brown sausage in the bottom of a soup pot until rendered and brown before transferring the cooked meat into a bowl and setting aside. Remove all but 2-3 tablespoons of fat. 

  2. On medium heat, cook down onions, carrots, and celery until soft. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant.

  3. Add in remaining veggies. Cook 5 minutes before deglazing with the wine. Add meat back in and season with salt, pepper, and a few shakes of Italian seasoning to taste.

  4. Top with water or stock, adding more as needed. Cover and cook on medium for at least 30 minutes until everything is soft, or simmer until you're ready to eat. Right before serving add in frozen spinach, stir to cook through.

  5. If serving with pasta, cook separately.

Recipe Notes

You can omit meat easily. Add a can of chickpeas instead to bulk it up, but be sure to add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your veggies.

Bacon, pancetta, or even ground meat also work wonderfully with this. Use what you have on hand/hanging out in your freezer.

Use whatever veggies you have on hand - here I used 1 green and 1 yellow zucchini, and about a cup of chopped fresh green beans.

If you have stock on hand, feel free to substitute.