Minestrone with Turkey Italian Sausage

Minestrone with Turkey Italian SausageMy daughter has a cold and I wanted to make a comforting dinner that was healthy. She loves soups and stews so I decided to make minestrone. I know it’s usually made with pancetta but I had some turkey Italian sausage to use up so I decided to try it. The soup was really good and we all loved it. I enjoyed the hint of fennel and garlic and the creaminess from the beans. It paired nicely with a tossed salad and fresh baked bread.

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 turkey Italian sausage links, removed from casing
  • 10 baby carrots, diced (or 2 large carrots)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 fresh sage leaf, chopped finely
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can of white cannellini beans
  • 2-3 oz fresh pasta of choice (I used orecchiette), prepared per instructions
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded for garnish

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven pot. Add onions and Italian sausage (don’t forget to remove sausage from casing). Stir to break up the sausage so it becomes crumbles. Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the carrots, celery, sage, fennel seeds, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes then add garlic stirring constantly for 45 seconds. Add tomatoes, chicken broth and beans. Simmer for at least 45 minutes. Mix in the cooked pasta, fresh basil and parsley before serving. Top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

Minestrone with Turkey Italian Sausage

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10 Responses to “Minestrone with Turkey Italian Sausage”

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    Cheryl — June 18, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    That looks excellent as do the fish tacos, I had never thought of making them unbreaded, what a good idea!


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    recipes2share — June 18, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

    Your daughter must have loved this – delicious!


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    noble pig — June 18, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    This is a lovely soup. I bet it made her feel better right away!

    I love it.


  4. 4

    nicole — June 18, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

    Everything from this picture down looks so good. I wish I had all the ingredients right now to make those yummy looking fish tacos.


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    Jan — June 19, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    Delicious looking soup, Pam. I bet your daughter felt much better after eating that.


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    Elle — June 19, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

    There’s nothing like hot soup when you’re not feeling well, is there? This one looks especially good! I hope you daughter is feeling better!


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    Kevin — June 20, 2008 @ 1:42 am

    This soup sounds so tasty!


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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — June 20, 2008 @ 3:39 am

    Minestrone is my favorite soup. I love the chunky texture. I have mine with parmesan. This looks like a good plate of soup, Pam!


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    Chantal — December 5, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Hi! I am a big fan of your website – pretty much the only cooking I do (otherwise I order out) is from your blog – So thanks for keeping my family happy and healthy!! Just wondering – how many servings does this make?


    • Pam replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 8:08 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words… I am really glad you like my blog & recipes.

      This served about 6 servings.



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