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Over-the-Top Minestrone Soup

Serves: 6-8

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Spring with its milder weather is the perfect time to make soup in Florida. And what’s better than a onedish meal simmering on the stove-top. This recipe for minestrone soup is chock full of healthy vegetables and protein. I think you will agree that it is delicious. Add a loaf of crusty bread and you’ve got a great lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 lb. smoked turkey sausage or kielbasa
1 tbl. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup sliced carrots
1 tsp. basil (dried)
2 small zucchini, sliced
2 cups chopped cabbage
1 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
2 cans 10 3/4 oz. beef broth
1 can water
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cans 15.5 oz Great Northern Beans or Cannellini Beans

Directions

Slice sausage in 1/2 inch slices crosswise. Brown onion and garlic in oil in large pot. Add carrots, basil, sausage, zucchini, tomatoes, broth, cabbage, and pepper. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for one hour. Add beans with liquid and cook another thirty minutes. Add extra water as needed. (This soup is even better the second day.)

Variations

-Italian sausage can be substituted for turkey sausage
-32 oz. Swanson’s lower sodium beef broth can be substituted for canned broth

Tekla Thornton

Aging Tree’s resident foodie.

This recipe was featured in Aging Tree Illustrated published April 1, 2015

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