This Sausage Minestrone Recipe is a delicious and filling vegetable soup that will warm you up on chilly days. Packed with chunky vegetables, hearty sausage, and nutritious cannellini beans, it’s a hearty and filling meal. The combination of flavors creates a rich and comforting soup that will leave you wanting more. It pairs perfectly with our tapenade ciabatta toasts, adding a delicious crunch and a hint of Mediterranean flavor. Whether served as a main course or as a comforting lunch, this minestrone is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus some for drizzling
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 6 carrots, roughly diced
- 4 celery sticks, roughly diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
- 8 good quality sausages, skin removed and sausage meat broken into walnut-sized pieces
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
- 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled
- 400g canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp golden powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- large package of parsley, coarsely chopped
- Tapenade toast (see “Pairing”) to serve
- Pour oil into a large pot.
- Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic to the pot.
- Cook the vegetables over low heat for 15 minutes or until tender.
- Place the sausage pieces in a separate nonstick roasting pan.
- Increase the heat and fry the sausages for a few minutes until they brown.
- Set the sausages aside.
- Add tomato puree to the soft vegetables and cook for another minute.
- Pour in the tomatoes, 3½ cans of water and the bouillon cube.
- Stir the mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the sausage pieces and beans and simmer for another 10 minutes until the sausages are fully cooked.
- Season the minestrone to taste and stir in the sugar, vinegar and parsley.
- Divide the minestrone into bowls.
- Place a piece of tapenade toast on top and let it float on top of each bowl.
- If necessary, drizzle more olive oil onto the minestrone.
Equipment and tools
- Large pot or Dutch oven
- Cutting board and knife
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- tin opener
- measuring spoon
- Stove or hob
This sausage minestrone recipe may contain the following allergens:
- Sausages (may contain different types of meat and spices)
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers from your sausage minestrone, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply pour the soup into a pot and heat gently until warmed through.
You can also freeze the soup in individual portions for up to 3 months. To defrost and reheat, let the soup thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in a pot on the stove.
Health Benefits of Sausage Minestrone
Sausage minestrone is a delicious and hearty soup with various vegetables, sausage meat and cannellini beans. Not only is it a tasty dish but it also offers several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key ingredients and their contribution to the overall nutritional value of minestrone sausage.
1. Olive oil
The recipe begins with sautéing onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil. Olive oil is a heart-healthy oil that is rich in monounsaturated fats. It can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, it contains antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Onions, carrots, celery and garlic
This vegetable provides important vitamins, minerals and fiber. Onions contain sulfur compounds that may help improve immune function and reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, which is important for maintaining good vision. Celery is rich in antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation in the body. Garlic has antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties.
The sausages used in this recipe give minestrone a hearty and rich flavor. While sausages are high in saturated fat and should be consumed in moderation, they also provide protein, essential amino acids and B vitamins. Opting for high-quality sausages without additives or excessive sodium can make this ingredient a healthier choice.
4. Cannellini beans
Cannellini beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber. They are also rich in iron, folic acid and magnesium. Including legumes like cannellini beans in your diet can aid digestion, promote heart health, and help control blood sugar levels.
5. Tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and red wine vinegar
Tomatoes and tomato-related products are packed with antioxidants, particularly lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers and protect against heart disease. The acidity of tomato-based ingredients like tomato puree and red wine vinegar can help improve the flavor of dishes while potentially providing some digestive benefits.
In addition to being used as a garnish, parsley also contributes to the overall nutritional value of minestrone. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A. In addition, it contains antioxidants with potential anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
By incorporating these healthy ingredients into your sausage minestrone, you can enjoy a filling meal that not only tastes delicious but also provides essential nutrients for your overall well-being.
To serve, enjoy sausage minestrone with tapenade toast. Feel free to drizzle a little more olive oil over the soup to enhance the flavor and add a touch of richness.